rubberman wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 10, 2022 7:53 am
rev wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 10, 2022 4:58 am
rubberman wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 09, 2022 11:04 pm
So, who is going to be working out timesheets and paying them? Or ordering supplies? If they need new ambulances, who is going to do the ordering and specification?
How about the people already doing it?
You do know a huge chunk of payroll for SA Government departments has been outsourced?
So, there needs to be staff hired who order supplies?
How about a system where the manager or some other responsible person, logs on and puts through an order for office supplies?
FWIW, governments have been cutting support staff for years in all departments. Now those front line staff are doing more paperwork, rather than their main jobs.
Hire the right people, based on merit, qualifications, experience....retain whats left of experienced staff.
One classic case is in planning. There used to be staff who coordinated capital works of the various utilities. No more. So, check out North Terrace. Dug up for the trams and new road surface. Along comes SA Power networks and digs it up. Then SA Water. Apart from the incessant traffic disruption, the road surface is now reduced in its economic life. Buxton St in North Adelaide had a nice new pavement put down. Now it's being dug up to replace gas services. And so it goes.
North tce example...do you really need a small army of staff from different departments and agencies or can it be done by implementing better policies and methods?
Why isnt there a wider government system in place whereby agency x can look up a road they need to dig up to do maintenance on utilities below or whatever may be the case, where agency z is already going to be digging that same road up and has 'logged' that they'll be doing that work and when.
They don't call South Australia a backwater for no reason you know.
These are things that can be implemented.
Instead of the millions wasted on CEOS of various advisory boards which have done sweet fuck all for the state.
But hey what do I know im only a tax payer not a beuracrat.
Yes. Some of those things can be done. But they take people to do it. It's all well and goid to wave your hands and say "implementing better policies and methods". That's a cop out. You need people to design and implement those better policies and methods. Many of those people are gone.
If you are a tax payer, then you should be interested in practical solutions, not ideology.
The loss of experienced, seasoned staff is a shame and a great loss.
The solution though isn't a hiring spree by Labor, usually consisting of their immediate and extended family, friends, friends of family, friends of friends etc.
There should be a hiring freeze, and maintaining current staff levels, for any department that's "struggling".
An independent audit done to look into what's needed, what they're struggling with, or lacking, identify areas that could be improved.
We have 125k state government employees, about 7% of the states population.
NSW has 495k, or about 6% of their state population.
Roughly 4 times the public servants but nearly 5 times the population.
We need smaller government, not more.
Total spending on public sector wages & salaries Australia wide, across all 3 levels is costing us $180 billion. Thats an obscene amount of money when you consider how poor our infrastructure is in general and the services we get are becoming worse.
No value for money at all.
Unless its emergency services or front line defence personnel, we should be looking at reducing the size of government.
Take from the hard lessons other countries have had to endure rather then repeat their mistake of employing more and more public servants.
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