How do you know? Do you have costings for each department? By combining departments do you mean reduce the staff? So you have half the staff doing twice the work? How will that work - it terms of being efficient and cost effective?
I know you have these strong opinions and views about things VP. I am struggling to work out why though, you clearly don't have any costings for any department, and I'm sure you don't actually know what goes on in them, but you think they should be disbanded, combined and cut. You need to stop getting your information from Alan Jones and actually do some unbiased research.
Do you have the costings for each department? How do you know that having a separate department for each brain fart is the most efficient way of doing things? Or are naysayers the only ones that have to research I facts and figures?
Btw my father lives Alan jones.. I, on the other hand, do not
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I think looking at waste and trying to rectify it is a good thing, but I also think this government is going the wrong way about it by implying that public servants are lazy and wasteful and further ostracising the country's most vulnerable, while politicians are only taking a wage freeze for one year and temporarily increasing taxes for the wealthy.
Australia is a long way from Greece or even Spain. However yes severe austerity is bringing a terrible toll on people
Huge cuts (some of which there is not departmental budget for). The sudden realisation that there is no-one to do massive amounts of work as you have now asked the remaining public servants to do the work of 5 people. Contract out to private sector which massively increases costs as they charge far more. Increase public service numbers again.
That's how it goes.
People are oblivious to how bad it is/was in Greece, Spain, Ireland etc.
I contracted for a while in a government department and anytime someone left (mostly redundancy or retirement) they simply replaced them with contractors or casuals who work full-time hours - because contractors and casuals don't get included in the head count, so while it might look like they're making cuts, all they're really doing is shuffling money around.
I won't ague that many departments need restructuring though. On one hand they had 3 people doing specific jobs that in private one person would do, on the other hand there were people in the same department with such huge backlogs of work that important things don't get the attention they need. Too many departments where there's only one supervisor who is signing off on things that are never checked and money gets wasted that way too.
But making sweeping cuts or wiping out whole departments is not the way to fix it, because disfunction exists in (I'm guessing) every department, and all departments have their uses otherwise they wouldn't exist.
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