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Aug 15, 2014

Crikey says: Mark Scott falls in line on outsourcing

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Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been talking for some time about outsourcing and streamlining ABC administrative functions in order to save money, and it seems someone has been listening. ABC boss Mark Scott today gave a speech to Queensland University students addressing the issue head on:

“There is a strong argument that in an era of scarce funding, the default position should be that unless there is a compelling financial — or importantly, editorial — reason for an activity to remain in-house, or unless it relates to an area of core competence for the ABC, outsourcing must be looked at.

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4 thoughts on “Crikey says: Mark Scott falls in line on outsourcing

  1. dazza

    I guess ABC and SBS will end up doing a ‘Fairfax”. Cut .. cut .. cut everything so the pay packets of the so called executives will blow out of proportion!

  2. Bill Hilliger

    Isn’t that Lewis chappie the man from News Corpse? I suppose there would be no conflict of interest there. Hmmm.

  3. The Pav

    Never have been convinced out sourcing saves money. Just improve your management and don’t pay someone a profit margin.

    It is interesting to note that BHP & Rio in WA’s North West mining after vyears of using contractors are now taking those functions BACK In house…I think that says it all

  4. AR

    When has outsourcing/privatisation ever worked, anytime,anwhere, this planet or any other?
    Come on, OneHand, giz a larf with your usual trope.

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