Tony Abbott’s determination that 20,000 Public Service jobs are to go is a gross underestimate and I suspect he knows that.
The incompetent, dishonest Dept of Climate Change will go, so there’s 1,000 for a start with $90mil PA in running costs.
DFAT, Treasury, the CSIRO and Defence will almost certainly feel Abbott’s blade… and from the top down.
There are those in the Greens’ Clean Energy Fund department. They will go, returning what’s left of Gillard’s gift of $10 billion to lock in Bob Brown’s support.
The Public Service, including over 5,000 costly quangos (quasi-autonomous non government organisations, partly or fully financed by government) now represent 53% of the total workforce and that is unsustainable.
Abbott will have a free hand with the PS because that cosseted little Canberra cradle is an unchangeable Labor stronghold sporting two Reps seats. Nothing to lose there.
DFAT [3,500 staff] is a disaster area. Bob Carr has done nothing to redress it.
The feminist department, apparently with nothing better to do, last year illegally arranged the kidnapping of four girls from Italy.
The fact that both Italy and Australia are signatories to the Hague Convention meant nothing as the man-haters of DFAT were happy to be conned by a conniving mother, who now faces criminal charges in Italy.
Via media, the awful matter was corrected and the four girls were rightly returned to Italy. But the damage to the girls was inestimable.
A nothing response from DFAT to my questions, no enquiry, no sackings… it could happen again.
Subsequent to the arrest of dozens of Sydney’s baggage handlers no further representation to the corrupt Indonesian Government was made on behalf of Schapelle Corby.
Regardless of her guilt or innocence, the suspect evidence presented there would never have resulted in a conviction here.
The AFP appeared more concerned with protecting their own links to baggage handlers.
The craven Carr doesn’t care, he dozes unelected in first class while he assists Gillard to throw voluminous amounts of money at the most corrupt Islamic nation on Earth without asking for one thing in return or even daring to enquire as to the welfare of an Australian citizen incarcerated under Indonesia’s disgracefully corrupt, pay-or-stay judicial system.
We return their people smugglers the minute they request it.
Dual Australian citizen Mr X (Ben Zyglier) committed suicide in an Israeli jail after he was mysteriously arrested for "no-one knows what" in 2010.
It is claimed he was a "double agent". Hard for him to deny that now and Carr’s response was that it’s basically none of our business and that Israel promises an inquiry.
DFAT, ASIS and ASIO apparently knew of Zyglier’s arrest all along but sat on their hands, three monkeys style.
1500 could be sacked, but more important, senior heads should roll in a complete makeover of a tired, incompetent department.
TREASURY [1020 staff] but its many "agencies" spend tens of millions on external consultants, including major legal and accounting firms.
Last year Treasury spent $3.5 million on a West Australian advertising agency. I wonder what the heck that was for?
Treasury staff don’t like to be called public servants, they prefer the title "Treasury Officials"… lardy bloody dar!
They are housed in a dull, outdated building that reflects the quality of their advice.
Treasury modelling carried out by uni graduates finds its way into notoriously unreliable Government forward estimates and budget forecasts.
By using outside professional consultants, Treasury finds ample time to navel gaze into its own miserable, mostly unnecessary existence.
300 staff should go and the tens of millions spent on competent outside consultants should be spent on employing a few of them.
THE CSIRO [7,000 staff Australia wide] was a talented Aussie icon in the 50s and 60s.
Lately it has become seriously politicised.
Planned infiltration by environmentalists and global warming scaremongering fraudsters has sadly rendered it of doubtful value.
5,000 staff should go, starting with those at the top, and it desperately needs downsizing.
THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE [70,000 staff] which includes active career defence force staff.
The Department of Defence oversees a dozen or so other Departments such as the Australian Defence Force Academy.
It is a war zone of corruption, petty crime, bribes and incompetence, not to mention rapes and all under the watch of Chief Angus Houston, Gillard’s choice as a member of the "Expert Committee" to advise on illegal boat arrivals. That worked, eh?
The most infamous of all Defence demeanours can be attributed to PM John Howard who, in 1996 and without a tender process, ordered Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike F-35 Fighter.
These jets will cost US taxpayers $396 billion, yep billion. And that’s if the Pentagon actually builds its projected 2,443 F-35s by the late 2030s.
It won’t build that many as international orders have halved, doubling the price of each to Australia.
The unit cost to us has risen from $70 million to $225 million and still soaring in what promises to be the biggest financial disaster in Defence acquisition history.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith’s decision to defer the order for a further 58 Joint Strike Fighters will cost taxpayers many billions more. We are currently spending a tidy $6 billion on Hornets to fill the gap.
Around 3,000 staff should go to allow for middle admin staff restructure.
The Chiefs depart regularly of their own accord.
INTELLIGENCE ARM, ASIO, ASIS, DIGO, DIO, DSD and ONA [Intelligence Staff of 5,000 unintelligent spooks]
Dressed in overcoats and Akubra hats they conduct investigations into what’s for lunch while making paper aeroplanes from de-classified US cables.
Each of six departments has no clue what the other five are up to.
No rules, no accountability and no worries. ASIO has basically been dormant since the 1954 Petrov affair.
I asked one agent, who I played golf with, if ASIO had been up to speed on the Cuban Missile crisis… he hadn’t heard of the Cuban Missile crisis.
Half the staff should go and the six departments amalgamated into one competent, information sharing organisation.
These are but a few in the Public Service army of desk pushing dills draining the public purse.
Savings on staff numbers could near solve our debt and Abbott has much to do.
His lust for productivity can start on his own doorstep.