There is awful lot more to the SAGE Commission report than the media has reported.
At 140 pages, there is a lot to get through and over the next few days I will try and blog some of the things that as far as I can see have gone unreported.
Here are a couple:
“It must be acknowledged that the responsibility for these budget overruns is shared by both Government employees and Government Ministers. There is evidence that Ministers have exerted influence in encouraging – or at least not discouraging – a lax fiscal environment.”
This one sums it up for me:
“Union agreements present obstacles to scheduling efficiency and productivity. For example, while road workers are scheduled to commence work at 7.30am, road repairs usually can’t start until after 9am to allow for rush hour traffic. As a result, the workers don’t do much during this time frame. Government has not been successful in changing working hours to a more flexible time.”