Government spending creates government jobs

The federal department that is meant to help Australian business is pouring almost half its budget into its own administration, leaving taxpayers with a $150 million annual bill before a cent has been spent on expanding local ­employment opportunities.

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22 Responses to Government spending creates government jobs

  1. H B Bear

    This does not sound like Potential Greatness.

  2. billie

    FFS stop “helping” us, we can’t afford it

    Any company or organisation that needs support, is be definition, not in business they are a welfare recipient.

    It amuses me greatly that Senator Kim Carr says getting private industry involved in delivering “schemes” is the wrong way to go, yes for moochers and union trough seekers it sure is.

  3. cui bono

    1. MT and the rest of the fakes think gummint should be at the centre of the new economy.
    2. Spain has had an inoperative government for some 9 months and their economy is starting to pick up.

  4. Robbo

    Governments being helpful is a laugh. The less a government does the better off we will all be. I’ll vote for a party that promises to significantly reduce the size of government, cut taxes and get out of being involved in things that can be better done by the private sector. Once upon a time that was the policy of the Liberal Party but they now tread a different path. Consequently my vote treads a different path.

  5. Steve

    If you continue to read the article, it goes on to say “Details have been released under Freedom of Information laws as the government considers a mammoth push to tackle the $4 billion cost of administration across the bureaucracy by streamlining back-office ­functions.” When it becomes clear that the source of the article is more whinging from Labor Senator Kim Carr [who helped created a lot of this mess in the first place] and that he is simply trying to protect hundreds of unnecessary public service union jobs, you realise the Coalition is doing something decent for a change.

  6. Charles

    This is not the worst of it, as there are better examples of public service mismanagement in health and education departments. In both of these areas ‘make-work’ schemes for public servants has not only led to huge losses ($ billions) to the tax-payer, but has also led to extraordinary amounts of funds to pay for the administration of that waste.

    Having to pay the pubic service to waste money for us seems to have become the standard operating mode.

  7. incoherent rambler

    Ahem. You realize Sinc that when this becomes a govt. controlled blog you will need at least 5 additional Cert IV plus the cultural sensitivity training. All posts and comments to be submitted to a committee for review prior to publication.
    As a government service, 900 full time staff sounds about right for this blog.

  8. Dianeh

    Senator Carr said yesterday that using the private sector would be the wrong way to go to cut costs.

    “Privatisation is not the answer; in fact it’s more expensive,” he said. “We need a publicly funded Australian Public Service with the capabilities to meet its obligations to the Australian people.”

    Kim Carr is a lying fuck. More expensive!!!! FFS.

  9. John Comnenus

    So the overhead on a govt program is around 50% of budget. The private sector could no doubt do the same job for 10% overhead, take 15% profit and still save the taxpayer 25% of budget.

    FFS stop trying to help. Your waste is actually making things much worse than if you did nothing.

  10. Tel

    … the Coalition is doing something decent for a change.

    If that’s true, hopefully no one tells Turnbull what’s going on.

    Mind you, I’ve seen a lot of governments “doing something” about spending, yet to see any of them “get something done”.

  11. Louis Hissink

    “We need a publicly funded Australian Public Service with the capabilities to meet its obligations to the Australian people.”

    A feel an avalanche of non-sequiturs coming on, or a torrent of tautologies, and just what does he understand when he states we need a publicly funded …PS. How on earth else does he intend to pay for it?

    I’m almost of a mind to retreat to some distant Himalayan cave to become a hermit ohmmming my way to enlightenment but for the distinct possibility that George Bernard Shaw’s successors would take extreme measures to ensure I don’t but live a proper life with an approved standard of living; otherwise I would be treated as non-deserving and painlessly euthanised, with much kindness, of course.

    FMD, can it get worse?

  12. struth

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    as the government considers

    you realise the Coalition is doing something decent for a change

    You are an optimist, if “considering” is considered doing.

  13. RobK

    So the answer to the problem of too much red and green tape is to create a government department to assist enthusiastic, bright entrepreneurs by offering bureaucratic guidance through the morass they have created, not realizing that the the damp squib solution they’ve created is the biggest turn off for any aspiring risk taker, (so badly needed if you want to be innovative).
    Just cut the red and green tape.

  14. Des Deskperson

    “When it becomes clear that the source of the article is more whinging from Labor Senator Kim Carr [who helped created a lot of this mess in the first place] and that he is simply trying to protect hundreds of unnecessary public service union jobs, you realise the Coalition is doing something decent for a change.”

    Indeed. If you look at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website, it appears that this Government has actually cut back many of the Department’s ‘initiatives’ from the R/G/R regime – particularly in the energy area – that don’t seem to have been of much value, particularly if manageobabble is an indication of poor thinking and waste.

    Carr is simply arguing for more of the same old stuff: “Australia has one of the best public services in the world [??] but it needs to be funded proper to do its job”. Carr was, of course, Minister for Industry, Science and whatever it was called from 2007 t0 2011.

  15. Louis Hissink

    Hah! Years ago during another life, I complained about the burgeoning WA bureaucracy making life difficult for mining companies, more particularly exploration companies and the gestating Native Title monster.

    I was told to “innovate”.

    In Africa and elsewhere that’s called “brown paper bag” or “Swiss bank account number”.

    Since such innovations are frowned on in Australia, (though I must confess toying with the idea of employing solutions of extreme prejudice at the time), I decided to surrender.

  16. No Eynstine

    I’m a convert Sinclair, I’m starting to see it, its not quite clear, there is smoke and mirrors all round but I’m sure its there somewhere.

    Ah! Greatness the most elusive of eels. Slippery little sucker isn’t it.

  17. stackja

    Normal government jobs for jobs sake. Kim doing his bit.

  18. Dr Fred Lenin

    I would make a huge difference if I had power first abolish uselees departments jike this one ,health ,education ,transport etc Next step is to privatise as many government functions as possible ,abolish alpbc sbs and thousands pf “advisory ” rorts and quangos . Abolsh foreign aid and un contribuions .who in their right mind actually borrows money to give it away? Attack union and politician rorts ,defund them and they perish the left would disappear ,trim university funding to usefull degrees only .medical ,engineering. real science the rest pay for their own education . Reopen Tech schools to adress the skills shortage .then cut taxes after the huge debt is gone cut taxes to the bone and watch the economy boom .
    Then change the constitution to curb the power of politicians in the future so we never let the clowns get us into the mess we are in again ,mke any attemt to grasp more power a mandatory capital offence so thet the likes of rudd /giliard can never happen again . Then I would etire to go fishing having secured future generations freedom and liberty .

  19. Art Vandelay

    The federal department that is meant to help Australian business is pouring almost half its budget into its own administration

    I’m surprised it’s so low to be honest. That being said, the majority of the portfolio’s programs are so useless and have so many unintended consequences, it’s probably better that most of the funding is hoovered up by bureaucrats rather than causing even more damage in the real economy.

  20. .

    Posted elsewhere and here again for relevance.

    Lying c***s.

    http://thenewdaily.com.au/money/your-budget/2016/10/12/tax-cut-for-rich/

    Particularly the dreadful Robert Reich video they link to at the end.

  21. Squirrel

    “While most government depart­ments spend about 21 per cent of their budgets on running costs, that internal spending has reached 42 per cent at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, according to the department’s own figures.”

    Clearly, the solution will be to double the budget of the Industry Department so that it will meet the average percentage – the problem is with the deonominator, not the numerator, isn’t it, comrades…..

    “…Labor is warning that taxpayer funds are being wasted on “ideological crusades”….” – imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

  22. Habib

    It’s easy for governments to help business, however it’s the antithisis of its existence. All it takes is for it to fuck off out of the road, mind its own business, and keep its sticky fingers to itself. Never happen.

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