May 13, 2014

Public servants: escaping the budget axe — a work-in-progress

Bureaucratic deck chairs have been shuffled, some tossed overboard, but in the main the good ship HMAS Australia has come through relatively unscathed, writes The Mandarin publisher Tom Burton.

The budget shuffles many bureaucratic deck chairs, tosses some overboard, but in the main the good ship HMAS Australia Government has come through the first Hockey budget relatively unscathed.

Those hoping the budget might see a fundamental change in the size, shape and delivery of government will be disappointed. In dollars, the net savings from what Finance Minister Mathias Cormann calls “smaller, more rational government” is about $500 million over the next four years. Net, the new budget will cause 2000 public servants to lose their job, on top of the 14,500 already slated to go from the previous government’s decisions. Comparing this financial year with next, the federal payroll will be cut by 4591 jobs, a 1.8% cut.

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  1. Krueger Paul

    Why did we need to turn around the ship? We had low debt, low taxes and modest growth. Would not turning the ship around suggest they would want high debt, higher rates of taxation and no growth?

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