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Gazza weeps for PS workplaces

By johnboy 11 January 2013 23

Liberal Senator Gary Humphries is deeply concerned at cuts to the pot plants in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship:

For example, answers to Questions on Notice received from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship reveal that in just over four months DIAC has removed over two thirds of the plants that formerly adorned their offices.

“Despite having reneged on their promise to deliver a budget surplus, Labor’s cuts are still having a very real and very visible impact on the APS”, ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries said today.

“Labor continue to promise no job cuts or reduction in workplace conditions – clearly that is complete rubbish.

“Labor may want to call cuts to the APS an efficiency dividend, or in this case an ‘accommodation realignment exercise’, but public servants aren’t falling for it – they know these are just code words for cuts”.

A range of studies has shown that having plants in the workplace increases morale and productivity with one study showing productivity in an office increased 12% and employees’ blood pressure and stress levels were lowered.

Good to see he’s sticking to the big issues.

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dtc 2:57 pm 18 Jan 13

Pulling this back from the depths to notice that the CT has finally reported the story… nothing like reporting news an entire week later than everyone else

Matt_Watts 4:32 am 13 Jan 13

poetix said :

justin heywood said :

schmeah said :

Matt_Watts said :

Girt_Hindrance said :

If anyone is concerned about removal of office plants, just bring in your own.
A list of good office plants for oxygenation etc are listed here on page 7.
Interestingly it’s a Workcover booklet.

People should check with management first; a lot of agencies ban private plants because they’re not necessarily maintained by anyone, which means the potential for fruit flies or other pests on the floor.

Matt Watts comes out singing the management line .. big surprise. Frankly, the only fruit flies bothering me at my work come from the organic waste bins, and there aren’t even that many so if say, 1 in 20 workers brings in a cactus is it really going to create a plague of flies?

Er,, Matt isn’t exactly ‘singing the party line’ there scmeah. Perhaps you should read it again..

In fact, I think that the person on this site who most reliably (and tediously) sings their party’s line, would be you.

schmeah taught me about cucumbers in gin and tonic, and is thus beyond criticism. Cucumbers are a plant, so this is relevant.

Cucumbers are cool! I only recently noticed the association with gin – like, last few years. I encourage readers’ research into this topic.

DrKoresh 9:49 pm 12 Jan 13

miz said :

Interestingly, removing pot plants not only makes APS workplaces less pleasant to work in (therefore less productive), but also hurts the ACT businesses who provide and maintain them.

They should start a real damn business then, a company that provides and maintains potted plants sounds like the kinda crappy get-rich-quick scheme I’d come-up after a bit too much Mary-Jane. I mean really, it’s not like they’re providing an essential service or anything, if they’re really hurting that bad after they lose the APS contract then they can start a personalised food-bowl for pets company, or something equally useful.

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