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State moves to cap govt employees

Treasurer Troy Buswell has revealed that state revenue has dipped a further $1 billion since the interim budget was released last month as the government moves to cap employees in the public sector at 99,155.

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Malaga
A little less spending on salaries and a lot more on improved productivity would be a better way to go. Why is it that Governments have been so reluctant to invest in innovation that can increase productivity. Its easier to employ another public servant at an annual salary of $100,000 than it is to buy $100,000 of equipment that works 24/7. And at no extra cost what so ever. I just don't get it?

Wembley Downs
The public sector has embraced automation, and innovative capital expenditure is expensive upfront. It is just easier to look like your doing something in the eyes of the public if you fire a public servant. We aren't talking about $100 000 dollar employees here. We are talking about the $30 000 to $50 000 dollar non-permanent employees, already doing it tough, who actually provide essential support services on a daily basis to the community. I believe that burdening the private sector with a wave of new, low or practically skilled job seekers, and the federal public purse with additional unemployment benefit, is a decision likely to harm rather than help the rapidly slowing Western Australian Economy.

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