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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Public service wages blowout

Public service wages blowout


17 August 2011

THE State Government overspent on public service wages by $112 million in the last financial year, the latest report on Tasmania’s finances shows.

The figures, contained in the State Government’s Preliminary Outcomes Report 2010-11 released this week, sparked a strong attack by the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the Government’s financial management.

TCCI chief economist Mark Bowles said the Government sector was getting more bloated and the community no better off.

“The Tasmanian Government has a long history of cutting back on operating costs whilst ramping up salaries,” he said. “Since 2004-05, total staff costs have risen by more than $1 billion, or two-thirds, yet during the same period other operating expenses fell by $4 million.”

“We have ended up with public servants conducting lots of meetings and writing reports but fewer funds for programs to be implemented.

“It is an absurd situation. We need a much smaller but well resourced, public sector. ”

The report showed that supplies and consumables came in $57 million below budget.

TCCI chief executive Robert Wallace said the chamber was not confident that Premier Lara Giddings could deliver a strong 2011-12 Budget.

“Now is the time for the Premier to hold ministers and department secretaries to account,” Mr Wallace said.

Liberal leader Will Hodgman said the report showed even after Ms Giddings started talking tough about the Budget, she continued to overspend.

“Now more than ever we need to adopt the Liberals’ quarterly budget report proposal,” he said. “Tasmanians have the right to find out every three months if the budget is on track.”

Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, the ACT and the Federal Government all reported at least quarterly.

“It’s no coincidence that as soon as Labor scrapped quarterly reporting in 2003, it started to spend more than it had budgeted,” Mr Hodgman said.

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  1. Derek

    August 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I thought the Electoral Commission appointments were all Commonwealth jobs, even though they do state elections as well?

  2. Russell

    August 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Re #3
    Hmmm, the name Aird comes to mind. Wonder if Lennon, Llewellyn, Kons, Sturges and Co are still on the payroll and how much of a handshake they each got?

  3. Trevor Burdon

    August 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    These are incredible figures and a detailed review is required.

    Mark Bowles states $1,000 million is an increase of 2/3 from 0405 to 0910. In round numbers we are talking of an increase from $1,333 million in 0405 to $2,333 milllion in 0910 across 30,000 publc servants.

    Can it really be that the average public servant’s income has gone from $44k to $78k in the space of 5 years? I don’t think so!

    An average increase of 67%(2/3) across the board is very much greater than say 16% (3% cumulatively for five years) for teachers, nurses and police.

    For the sake of he argument lets say all public servants had been awarded the much criticised increases of 16%. That would be ~$214 million.

    The government has obviously been more than generous with non-essential services. Someone on the floor should be asking for detail on where the balance of $796 million was spent?

    … handshakes? consultancies? superannuation liabilities? …

  4. Brian Maynard

    August 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    What gets me is the level of cronyism in job appointments. Just as Russell has mentioned in the past, consider too that recently retired state electoral commissioner Bruce Taylor was prior to 2004 the state’s Chief Electoral Officer; current state electoral commissioner Julian Type was state deputy electoral commissioner for over five years; and the recently appointed state deputy electoral commissioner was the acting deputy electoral commissioner as well as a worker in the state electoral commission for many years. Our state government seems to have an aversion to bringing in new blood. I wonder why, especially in any portfolio which is important to them hanging onto power, e.g. Supreme Court, Tasmania Police. Definitely not an indication of a healthy democracy. Marion Nicklason of Tasmanians for a Healthy Democracy — where are you now?

  5. Russell

    August 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    The Tasmanian Public Service is top-heavy and that’s where the deepest cuts should be made.

    And no more $million handshakes.

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