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Wong to swing the axe at the public service again

By johnboy 25 September 2012 39

The National Times has word of further major cuts to the Public Service with Penny Wong wanting another $550 million in savings over four years on top of the swingeing 4% efficiency dividend.

She has some piddling ideas as to where savings can be made:

— Almost $30 million a year through across-the-board reductions in air-travel spending, including restrictions on business-class flights.
— Over $60 million in 2012-13 by cutting public servants’ reliance on external consultants and contractors.
— $2 million a year through advertising jobs online rather than in other media.
— Cutting printing costs by about 5 per cent by increasingly publishing online only, saving about $6 million a year.

That leaves a lot of bone and muscle to make up the numbers.


UPDATE 25/09/12 13:27: Penny Wong’s office has sent in her release:

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smilesr 8:23 am 26 Sep 12

“$2million a year advertising jobs online”

– there goes the Canberra Times!

Pandy 7:45 am 26 Sep 12

Could the politicians an their minders( who are not real public servants anyway) ALSO cut back on business class travel?

Pigs might fly they will!!!!!!!

I once saw Rudd and his minders on the little Virgin jet fly between Canberra and Sydney. Oh the humility of needing to fly in the one-class plane!!!! At least they placed him in the front seat!!!

bikhet 6:50 am 26 Sep 12

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

what foreign investment have the government done. None….. Governments don’t have money, it’s our, the public’s money WE PAY IT BACK IN TAXES.

…this is performance art, right? You’re a dramatic arts student, and this is some sort of meta piece about your grant?

While I may disagree with gazket’s comments about foreign aid and investment, the last part of his rant is a statement of fact. It is the public’s money, and we have paid, or will pay, it in tax.

what_the 2:48 am 26 Sep 12

gazket said :

what foreign investment have the government done. None….. Governments don’t have money, it’s our, the public’s money WE PAY IT BACK IN TAXES.

Well dammit it they terk our jerbs!!

dpm 11:05 pm 25 Sep 12

steveu said :

Mysteryman said :

Truthiness said :

And the difference between labour and liberal is?

Liberal are honest about wanting to cut PS expenditure. Labor lie about it.

Barvo Sir! About time someone spelling out out like it really is. Wake up Canberra.

I think it comes down to the issue that they are trying to somehow get a budget surplus this FY. As revenues from mining (taxes etc) are now looking like being lower than expected, they are having to scrounge around in the vain attempt to scrape up enough saving to get their surplus.
The fact that they have resorted to cuts in the PS (two or three times in the last few months?) shows they are out of other ideas i’m afraid… Unfortunately, $550 million (over 4 years?) isn’t going to do it for them.
Don’t worry though, after this, they’ll simply ‘postpone’ a few more things to next FY (like they have been doing the last two budgets) to somehow achieve a ‘paper’ surplus while still looking like they are spending and providing services! They seem to be getting quite good at fiddling numbers over years….
Of course, it will mean a big blow out for the FY when all the postponed things ramp up! Hahahaha! That’ll be the Libs problem though! 🙂

LSWCHP 11:02 pm 25 Sep 12

p1 said :

– Over $60 million in 2012-13 by cutting public servants’ reliance on external consultants and contractors.

Because that work should be done by all the lazy staff who are sitting ’round all day doing nothing.

Well, if you believe Truthiness then that’s not so far off the mark…

Masquara 10:05 pm 25 Sep 12

That “$6 million in printing costs” is dozens of jobs in the printing industry.

gladbag 8:59 pm 25 Sep 12

Get rid of all Parliamentarians Entitlements, reduce the comcar fleet, provide a shuttle bus between the airport and the House (and Kingston pubs) instead of each “VIP” being driven around at will in their own car… Get rid of the entire dept that looks after their perks. Meetings can be done by video conferencing. Getting rid of the PS print mentality is a start, but then ANAO needs to play along and stop demanding processes to have a printed trail and accept digital signatures.

basketofcat 8:26 pm 25 Sep 12

I’m sure QIC would love to buy APH.

Woody Mann-Caruso 7:01 pm 25 Sep 12

what foreign investment have the government done. None….. Governments don’t have money, it’s our, the public’s money WE PAY IT BACK IN TAXES.

…this is performance art, right? You’re a dramatic arts student, and this is some sort of meta piece about your grant?

JessP 6:51 pm 25 Sep 12

noma said :

Truthiness said :

And the difference between labour and liberal is?

hmm not much actually, except that Labor cuts public service sneakily over time whereas Liberal was upfront about cutting PS

+1

The Government squeals about how they are not cutting jobs (sorry but $550 million = job losses) and the Coalition is up front about wanting to reduce numbers.

How about some leadership from the politicians themselves – reduce their travel costs by making less trips (no, not those to get them back to their electorates, but to those ‘important meetings’ interstate that seem to happen all the time – and no more domestic travel at the pointy end of the plane?

steveu 6:25 pm 25 Sep 12

Mysteryman said :

Truthiness said :

And the difference between labour and liberal is?

Liberal are honest about wanting to cut PS expenditure. Labor lie about it.

Barvo Sir! About time someone spelling out out like it really is. Wake up Canberra.

bundah 6:01 pm 25 Sep 12

johnboy said :

You do realise that foreign investment raises the value of local assets don’t you?

JB please don’t confuse him or he’ll blow a gasket.

gazket 5:39 pm 25 Sep 12

what foreign investment have the government done. None….. Governments don’t have money, it’s our, the public’s money WE PAY IT BACK IN TAXES.

gazket 5:26 pm 25 Sep 12

johnboy said :

You can’t even spell the name of the party and you expect us to take your views seriously?

Bad spelling cannot hide the fact that LABOR (happy now Johnny) have flushed the country and it’s people down the toilet . You like me and our grand children will be paying for this incompetent Labor government long after Gillard and her cronies kick the bucket.

    johnboy 5:28 pm 25 Sep 12

    You do realise that foreign investment raises the value of local assets don’t you?

fromthecapital 5:16 pm 25 Sep 12

Does this imply that if some politicians apply an efficiency drive against some defence civilians we will suffer a military coup?

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