Feb 21, 2017

Coalition spends billions on useless, ‘butt-covering’ consultants’ reports

And you can thank John Howard for that, writes business journalist Michael West.

Confounding the familiar government narrative of reckless spending binges by Labor, the Coalition actually has the record of greater profligacy when it comes to showering billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money on external consultants.

When John Howard became prime minister, he axed 30,000 employees from the public service. But in his second and third terms in office, public service numbers rose again. They continued to rise under Kevin Rudd’s Labor government, only to taper off during Julia Gillard’s tenure and drop sharply under the present Coalition government.

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5 thoughts on “Coalition spends billions on useless, ‘butt-covering’ consultants’ reports

  1. graybul

    “Read the rest at” . . . . . no offence Michael, but invitation is equivalent to “slash my taxpayer wrists here . . . . ” re ISDS fine print ‘pay-offs’ etc etc!!!

  2. Dog's Breakfast

    Too right Michael.

    Was having the conversation with a colleague this week about how the death of the public servant and the rise of the ‘consultant’, doing the same job for twice and three times the price, (and more). The loss of expertise in the public sector is now biting hard, and as much as it used to be infested with incompetents (better placed there then on welfare) it was also populated with serious and clever people who carried all the work.

    Watch the debacle when Land Titles is sold off. There will be big time recriminations with that one. Some have already happened as they have rid themselves of public servants who knew what they were doing.

    1. Dan Telet

      In Queensland the NSW privatization of the titles office is being watched with open mouths. Has no one understood that one of the great problems of Russia is not being quite sure who owns the land on which you wish to build your business?

  3. AR

    Well done, Michael. What is the driver behind this purblindness to the obvious?

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