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Questions Brendan should be asking?

By johnboy - 12 March 2009 13

In the discussion about Brendan Smyth’s paper multiplication analysis of the ACT Government’s stationery budget we’ve had an interesting comment I think needs wider consideration:

    Personally if I was Mr Smyth I’d be more concerned that ACTION buses costing about $100 million a year and every passenger costs the government about $6 simply to get on. I’d be concerned that in 2008-09 $100 million of recurrent initiatives were introduced which are ongoing with questionable benefits in a vastly changed economic and social climate, that is $100 million extra a year everyone. Why not start reviewing all of those and demand from the government which of these will inevitably receive the chop. I’d be concerned that a territory like ours that receives about $1 billion in tax spends about $3 billion a year and the shortfall is made up through “other revenue streams” which are now going kaput swiftly.

    I might even be concerned about the continued use of incremental accounting for a single city which creates it’s own variation of inflation and causes costs to only increase and requires very few savings and no justification for departments to simply spend as much as last year, plus inflation. I might even be concerned that between $300 – $600 million is going to be shifted because capital projects simply can’t be finished in time, even though they are supposed to be urgent of high demand and deliverable within the projected timelines. That is cash that could have been used for any number of purposes which now it can’t be. If I was Mr Smyth I’d be concerned about a rushed “stimulus package” when it would have been far more effective to try and finish the projects already begun rather than flinging another $12 million out the door on questionable grounds of “emerging capacity” within the building and trade industry.

    I might even question the sense of a 1% arts spending when record high levels of capital works are being proposed. Want $5 million, that’s $5,000,000.00 back then remove that 1% and set a dollar figure like $300,000 or $20,000 or zero.

    If I really wanted to tackle a big fish I might even ask why a government that receives $1 billion in tax a year can’t somehow work out a way to reduce the tax burden on the population, I might even investigate schemes in which genuine reduction of tax through revenue replacement would actually benefit the people I was elected to represent.

    Yes all these things would trouble me more than paper and pens. But hey what would I know…

Discuss?

What’s Your opinion?


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13 Responses to
Questions Brendan should be asking?
sepi 1:03 pm 12 Mar 09

I think they should cut down on full page ads in the CT, and on those glossy brochures we get in our letterbox. Those things cost a bomb.

DarkLadyWolfMother 11:47 am 12 Mar 09

Those who value fluffy should feel free to pay for their fluffy. I’d never force anyone else to pay for my fluffy
New pool-room quote!

jakez 10:41 am 12 Mar 09

Those who value fluffy should feel free to pay for their fluffy. I’d never force anyone else to pay for my fluffy.

Furry Jesus 10:38 am 12 Mar 09

Damn italics

Furry Jesus 10:37 am 12 Mar 09

ant said :

AG Canberra said :

…If the government is running into debt, yet the essentials are not being performed properly, then all the fluffy stuff needs to grind to a halt while they focus on the basics, one of which is living within one’s means.

One person’s fluffy…

Pommy bastard 10:36 am 12 Mar 09

Personally if I was Mr Smyth I’d be more concerned that ACTION buses costing about $100 million a year and every passenger costs the government about $6 simply to get on.

The best argument for increasing passenger numbers by making it less easy to use cars to commute.

ant 10:36 am 12 Mar 09

AG Canberra said :

Exactly. Identify what HAS to be spent (hospitals, schools, public works etc) and then look closely at all the other stuff….

Precisely. If the government is running into debt, yet the essentials are not being performed properly, then all the fluffy stuff needs to grind to a halt while they focus on the basics, one of which is living within one’s means.

peterh 9:59 am 12 Mar 09

jakez said :

peterh said :

jakez said :

Perhaps someone should send Brendan a link to this page.

perhaps they already have. but will he read it or print it out first??

Speaking of printing things out, I actually read something in a Printing industry magazine the other day that made the claim that printing something like that out and reading it would use less energy and be more environmental than reading it on the computer.

I have no idea how accurate it was though and under what circumstances.

it is dependent on the media type that it is printed on. synthetic “paper” is starting to gain traction in the market, but longevity of the synthetic is still an issue.

power vs paper in its finished form is probably more expensive, but when the manufacturing costs for both come into the equation, reading on your screen is cheaper.

jakez 9:41 am 12 Mar 09

peterh said :

jakez said :

Perhaps someone should send Brendan a link to this page.

perhaps they already have. but will he read it or print it out first??

Speaking of printing things out, I actually read something in a Printing industry magazine the other day that made the claim that printing something like that out and reading it would use less energy and be more environmental than reading it on the computer.

I have no idea how accurate it was though and under what circumstances.

PreciousLilywhite 9:38 am 12 Mar 09

Oh oh. Thats the best spray we’ve had in ages. Focused & committed with puncture.
Can we please give it FOTM? It’d be nice to award it to someone who’s not a bogan for once.

peterh 9:33 am 12 Mar 09

jakez said :

Perhaps someone should send Brendan a link to this page.

perhaps they already have. but will he read it or print it out first??

jakez 9:11 am 12 Mar 09

Perhaps someone should send Brendan a link to this page.

AG Canberra 8:47 am 12 Mar 09

Exactly. Identify what HAS to be spent (hospitals, schools, public works etc) and then look closely at all the other stuff….

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