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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    You do realise that nothing would function without people working in the public service right? Who would do your passport? Who would keep your family safe from crime? Who would save your life in the local hospital? Who would keep our borders safe? Who would do your tax returns?
    Of course the public service keeps things ticking....That doesn't mean we need to have a department or office for everything.... Functions should be consolidated within like minded departments to save on management red tape (I seriously hope that no one is going to argue that there is no wastage or inefficiency in the public service....).
    - Perhaps when I am PM I might open an office of Flatulence Avoidance.

    Yep just because you can ... And just because some people may benefit... doesn't mean you should.

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    Just a few figures

    "The Government will achieve savings of $10.0 million over five years from the Office of Water Science research programme, with the programme terminating on 30 June 2016.

    The Government will provide $1.0 million in 2014-15 to support the purchase of a residence for the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, which will provide boarding accommodation for students.

    The Government will provide $4.5 millions to finalise essential maintenance and refurbishment work for the Lodge which commenced in 2013.

    The Government has committed to purchase 58 joint strike fighters for $24 billion over the operational life of the fighters."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lili81 View Post
    But we needed to cut the water research budget to buy more army planes that can't fly, to renovate the lodge and to get better accommodation for the Melbourne ballerina.

    I can't believe you guys can't see the bigger picture!!!
    This is what makes me so angry. On one hand, the poorest in our society are pretty much solely taking the brunt of these savage cuts.... then they are spending millions to do up Abbott's house, sinking billions into outdated, and what will be obsolete jets by the time we get them which will cost millions to maintain. The chaplaincy program - 250 million for Tony to rather overtly ram his own religious dogma down public school student's throats, especially now schools can only employ religious people.

    We are supposedly so broke, but we can afford all the things that are important to our Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    This is what makes me so angry. On one hand, the poorest in our society are pretty much solely taking the brunt of these savage cuts.... then they are spending millions to do up Abbott's house, sinking billions into outdated, and what will be obsolete jets by the time we get them which will cost millions to maintain. The chaplaincy program - 250 million for Tony to rather overtly ram his own religious dogma down public school student's throats, especially now schools can only employ religious people.

    We are supposedly so broke, but we can afford all the things that are important to our Tony
    He owes a lot of money to a lot of influential people who helped get him in. Obviously the church is very dirtily tied into politics, which is disappointing and tony made a promise to a plane manufacturer.

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    Just on the public service cuts mentioned, when huge numbers are cut from the public service the work is done by private contractors. Private contractors cost more resulting in zero savings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Gram View Post
    Just on the public service cuts mentioned, when huge numbers are cut from the public service the work is done by private contractors. Private contractors cost more resulting in zero savings.
    or, when there is a hiring freeze what happens its that funds are rustled up to hire casuals or temp staff, because the work still needs to be done. My friend manages a large section in a federal govt department and what's going on is absolutely farcical. They have people on non-renewable 3 month contracts because they can't hire permanent staff. So she has a team of people who can't be bothered putting in a decent day's work because they know they will be out the door in 3 months. Then they all leave and she has a new batch of short term staff who couldn't care less about the job. Similar things happen in my workplace (local govt) Cuts to the public service are an absolute joke- ive ever seen how it ever actually saves real money.

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    Lots of non ongoing staff where I am, including me. We all work hard and are all very worried about the future as when our contracts are up, we have no job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Gram View Post
    Lots of non ongoing staff where I am, including me. We all work hard and are all very worried about the future as when our contracts are up, we have no job.
    Not saying temp staff are lazy at all- just that where my friend is, morale is extremely low and everyone extremely overworked. I don't blame them for not pouring their heart and soul into the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    Not saying temp staff are lazy at all- just that where my friend is, morale is extremely low and everyone extremely overworked. I don't blame them for not pouring their heart and soul into the job.
    All good, didn't think you were. 3 month contracts are rubbish. It can take that long to be fully trained.


 

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