Taxpayers’ costs for the funding that elected an ALP government in Victoria

We are starting to get a fix on how much the Victorian government has slugged taxpayers and consumers as compensation for all those firefighters in look-alike official uniforms who did the canvassing and for all the money the union monopolies poured into the campaign.

Although the government refuses to reveal the costs, the opposition says Treasury put the cost to the health department of the Easter Sunday public holiday at $21 million in 2015/16, increasing each year. The cost of the Grand Final Eve holiday was estimated at $26 million.

Of course that’s only the taxpayer cost and covers only one(key) department; consumers and, at least initially, businesses are hit for far more as the penalty rates hit all goods and services produced by the state.  The government would regard $47 million as money taxpayers have spent well to place a different brand of exploiters onto the Treasury Benches

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15 Responses to Taxpayers’ costs for the funding that elected an ALP government in Victoria

  1. mundi

    There are only 220 work days in a year once you extract weekends, 4 weeks holiday, average sick leave and public holidays.

    So one public holiday gained is about the same effect as a 0.5% pay rise.

    Based on state GDP and portion of costs as labor this public holiday before the grand final could cost the economy about $1b.

    Of course why stop at one or to? If the costs can be ‘absorbed’ why not make it 10 or 220?

  2. H B Bear

    Tip of the iceberg stuff. This won’t even be a rounding error when it is all over.

  3. GoWest

    The other parties will be looking at this model to “buy” elections in the future – thin edge of the wedge at our expense of course!

  4. mundi

    Public holidays tend to normalise. Expect the ACT and NT to quickly match VIC with QLD soon after.

    I can hear the greens already:
    Who cares about a 0.5% GDP loss, our economy is growing by that, so we can have a green ‘steady state’ economic utopia by adding a public holiday every year.

  5. Alexis

    Will Cost me thousands as I can’t operate that day and still need to pay staff not to work.

  6. Fred Lenin

    So when is Baldrick andrews going the form a totally independent commisariat to investigate green / alp/ communist / union mafia theft and corruption ? ( pst its a cunning plan Baldrick.,might get on the news ).

  7. Alan Moran

    And another thing. Treasurer Pallas says he is not going to pay back the Commonwealth money provided for East West Link. Great idea! Have Canberra pay for your own broken contract!

  8. David

    Treasurer Pallas says he is not going to pay back the Commonwealth money

    Victoriastan is going to be a fun place to live. If it comes to a pushing contest Puddin’ Pallas will find he does not have enough bulk to bully the feds – providing they stick to their guns.

    Think I’ll start stocking up on essentials.

  9. rebel with cause

    Dream big comrades! Soon nobody will work at all in the Glorious People’s Republic of Victoriastan. The Party will provide for all your worldly needs. All you will be asked to do is report to your local Office to ‘volunteer’ your services and help your fellow man.

  10. Des Deskperson

    ‘Expect the ACT and NT to quickly match VIC with QLD soon after.’

    A parallel initiative has already begun in the ACT, with the ACT public sector – which includes teachers, nurses, ambos and bus drivers – getting 27 April off this year because they missed the usual ANZAC holiday, 25 April falling on a Saturday.

    This was done rather sneakily and clumsily through the ACT public sector enterprise agreements rather than a formally gazetted public holiday. Apart from the direct cost to the taxpayer from penalty rates and lack of productivity – although the latter is academic in many areas of the ACT PS – many people in the Commonwealth and private sectors who didn’t get the holiday also had to take time off to look after their kids.

    On the positive side, while – like almost everything the ACT Government does – the initiative made the public sector unions happy, the confusion and inconvenience for the 300,000 odd Canberrans who weren’t ACTPS employees should mean a net loss of votes for Labor.

  11. Tim Neilson

    Alan Moran
    #1682015, posted on May 13, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Abbott should of course just deduct it from Victoria’s next allocation of Federal funding, but is anyone willing to bet he’ll do it?

  12. Fred Lenin

    Trust the canberra town council to follow Baldrick andrews lead . As fior tge $1.5 fie tge East west link ,porky paoas can keep it ,the Feds will deduct it from GST for Victoria ,plus interest if the Feds have any guts,Baldrick needs the dosh to pay for the votes that got it in to power ,next cab off the rank the green sicialist millionaires who “invest ” in green ” power” and criminal union mafia “super funds for tge Wukkas”.

  13. Alan Moran

    Abbott should of course just deduct it from Victoria’s next allocation of Federal funding, but is anyone willing to bet he’ll do it?
    It is a great wheeze. Apply for money to build a road. Use some of the money not to build the road and use the rest on paying people to vote for you in the future and other people to campaign for your re-election. What could go wrong?

  14. johanna

    Alan, as I’ve said here before, Commonwealth/State funding agreements are just a vehicle for rorts on both sides. Hardly anyone understands them fully, and those that do are 500ct diamonds in their respective jurisdictions. Health “agreements” are by far the worst.

    This one has only come to light because the history of these agreements is relatively short. Give them another 20 years, and no-one will have a clue about what is going on.

  15. stackja

    Gullible voters and a compliant MSM deliver again.

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