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Red tape, public sector faces axe

BOTH the Labor party and the Coalition have plans to streamline the State public sector and reduce red tape, but the methods used will be totally different.

While the Labor Party plans to halve the number of government departments and slash the number of Ministers from 17 to 14, the Coalition is pinning its hopes on extending the use of technology as a means of maximising efficiency.

Labor believes by reforming the structures of government it will save at least $40 million over the next four years. About 60 chief executives and senior executive officers will also have to go under Labor.

"The bold reform agenda is designed to reduce waste and duplication and produce a better-coordinated approach to service delivery," Mr Gallop told Business News.

Premier Richard Court said cutting down the public service was not on the Coalitions agenda.

"In contrast to Labor's plans to cut departments and replace senior management with a Central unit made up of political appointees, the Coalition will use the application of technology to better coordinate the delivery of services to the community," Mr Court said.

"The Coalition will introduce a shared service model across groupings of relevant public sector agencies, making extensive use of information technology and maximising the efficiency of resources through shared 'back-office' operations while increasing 'front-office' service delivery.

"We are already using the concept of a 'single doorway' into Government with the use of technology to link customers with government services for the provision of information and the payment of bills.

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