Charts for Cats

Courtesy of the ABS, here is some information to chill the spine.  And when considering, remember:

(here are some quick Sparta-vations:

  • there are more public servants in Australia than the population of all of South Australia
  • there are nearly 4 x the number of  public servants in Australia than the population of all of Tasmania
  • these figures don’t include the cost and numbers of government outsourced workers and consultants!!!)

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11 Responses to Charts for Cats

  1. Speedbox

    these figures don’t include the cost and numbers of government outsourced workers and consultants!!!)

    Yes, and as someone who has worked as a consultant to State Government(s), I can tell you there are “a lot” of consultants. The contracts can last for months at significant daily rates.

  2. Justinian The Great

    Good but scary stuff Spartacus. As you said though tip of ice berg when you add all those employed directly or indirectly but a government grant or program. Doctors over servicing on Medicare, government funded infrastructure projects funding (some even necessary) paying armies of private sector labororers and consultants, private sector social workers “servicing” indigenous and disadvantaged “clients” and on and on and on and on and on and on.

  3. It’d be interesting to see this separated into those who actively do things, the workers, like police, ambos and and even office workers; and those who don’t, the bureaucracy who just add an overhead without any substantial contribution to what the actual workers do.

    I think there needs to be some pragmatism about these things and acknowledge that not everything can, or perhaps should, be done by private enterprise (whose overhead is often the shareholders).

  4. manalive

    According to the Reserve Bank Inflation Calculator the ‘average wage of public sector employee’ has just kept pace with inflation while the ‘cash wages and salaries’ have far outpaced inflation by about $25,000.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    Total population of Tasmania – 515,000
    Senate seats: 12
    Total population of Newcastle plus Wollongong – 618,120
    Senate seats: 0.93 (proportionately)

    Go figure. Tasmanians must have 13 heads or something.

  6. Squirrel

    We are hideously over-governed, with vast amounts of wasteful duplication, second-guessing, badly designed regulation and bureaucratic busy-work.

    As a nation of 25 million, we have far too many elected officials who rely primarily on promises to spend public funds in order to get elected. Every such promise means more public servants, contractors and consultants and so much of this waste is paid for by debt. The international money markets would be doing us a great favour if they said “no more – pay your own way, and start re-paying what you owe us”.

  7. Jonesy

    Note to ScoMo….plenty of low hanging fruit in this tree….if you’ve got the ticker?

  8. v_maet

    Sadly the numbers include duplication whereby you have state and federal health, education and science/environment departments.

  9. Elle

    The IPA’s Peter Gregory has just linked to you.

    I have copied and pasted Peter’s post from my email. I don’t think the links have attached. Will see after I post this.

    What’s the ideal number of public servants for Australia? If your answer is “more than the population of South Australia” or “nearly four times the population of Tasmania”, then you probably think Australia is on the right track: 

    Those figures are from this excellent post at the Catallaxy Files yesterday. As the author notes, they don’t include government-outsourced workers and consultants!  

    One way to reduce the number of public servants is to cut red tape – the Trump administration’s policy of deregulation has saved taxpayers $1.3 billion this year, according to the American Action Forum. That’s double the administration’s goal for the year because, in a shock to all involved, the Obama administration had grossly underestimated the cost of regulation to Americans.  

    “Can free markets end global poverty?” was the topic of this magnificent 1 hour 27 minute discussion between Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and William Easterly last week hosted by Reason (Spoiler alert: Yes). Also this week, a new McKinsey Global Institute report  found that the best performing emerging economies are those with more competition. And Cato’s Marian Tupy wrote in CapX that the market is the real driver of better working conditions (sorry unions). 

    These two stories pretty much sum up Europe today. Firstly, the EU is one step closer to banning memes. Secondly, the Spanish health minister was forced to step down this week over claims she plagiarised her masters thesis in – wait for it – interdisciplinary gender studies. I can’t believe Britain voted to Leave.   

    As we told you in March, China’s social credit system is absolutely terrifying. A victim and a beneficiary (for now) of the totalitarian state’s vast network of 200 million CCTV cameras were interviewed for this chilling piece by Matthew Carney on ABC News on Tuesday. 

    Are you a liberal cosmopolitan “Inner”, as described in Matthew Lesh’s new book Democracy in a Divided Australia? Or a suburban, traditionalist “Outer”? Take the quiz here (I’m a “Betweener”). Buy the book, published by Connor Court, here. The Brisbane launch with Senator Amanda Stoker is on 27 September, and the Melbourne launch with Senator James Paterson is on 5 October.  

  10. Elle

    Nup. Numerous links within the article didn’t carry across. Sorry.

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