Report on Government Services

johnboy 31 January 2007 3

The Productivity Commission has released its Report on Government Services and in turn every State and Territory leader is trying to justify their position in the pack.

The ACT did not do very well on hospitals [ABC] and policing. (anyone surprised?)

The Chief Minister, however, is doing his job with gusto and talking up the good numbers while ignoring the not so good.

Particularly interesting is how pleased he is with the results for education in the ACT. That would be the education system that’s just finished its final year of existence and he’s now dismembered. I particularly liked how while trumpeting his new spending on education he’s also promising to bring down the amount of money spent per student. That’s a neat trick!

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3 Responses to Report on Government Services
nyssa76 nyssa76 8:24 pm 01 Feb 07


Hasdrubahl Hasdrubahl 7:54 pm 01 Feb 07

“As a former teacher who taught in a school which was effected by a declining student population…”

Well I’m glad you didn’t teach me, at least I know when to say “affected” and not “effected”…

vancouver vancouver 7:26 pm 01 Feb 07

I think it took a lot of guts for the government to make the decision to close the schools with very low numbers. The expense of maintaining them wieghed against the other pressing expenses for the government, clearly indicated something needed to be done. The problem with the people of Canberra is they think they’re entitled to the best of everything – well – hello – this all costs money and the govt has a very small economic base in which to raise money to provide the things which Canberrans take for granted. Small schools cost money and reduce the availability of choice in regard to the variety of subjects taught. By increasing the number of students at various schools the govt has ensured that these students will receive the best in choice, and teachers will be moved to these schools to ensure this happens. As a former teacher who taught in a school which was effected by a declining student population in NSW I can attest to the disastrous effects this had on the variety of subjects available for the students and the deterioration of morale in both students and teachers. It continually amazes me that Canberrans expect the best of everything but are unwilling to accept that to get this you have to make sacrifices.

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