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Talking Productivity

There’s been a lot of talk about productivity lately, so I figured it’d be worth doing a short video to talk about why it matters, and what the federal government is doing to boost productivity.

Talking Politics with Ross Solly

I spoke yesterday with ABC 666′s Ross Solly. He was keen to talk about personalities, and I wanted to talk about issues. It was a fun conversation, and a link to the audio is below.

Talking Politics with Ross Solly – 6 Feb 2012

ABC News Breakfast 6 February

I was on ABC News Breakfast this morning, my first time on this particular program but with the familiar antagonist Kelly O’Dwyer. Topics included Australia’s strong economy and the Coalition’s plans to deny personal income tax cuts, but instead give them to big miners and big polluters.

ACT Regional Development Committee

The Regional Development Australia committee for the ACT is looking for community volunteers.

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Sky AM Agenda – 2 February 2012

I appeared yesterday on Sky AM Agenda with host Kieran Gilbert and Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer. Our discussion focused on the strong Australian economy (inflation, interest rates, and income taxes are all lower than when Labor came to office in 2007), and the Gillard Government’s commitment to equal pay.

Public Sector Jobs

Along with Gai Brodtmann and Kate Lundy, I’ve put out a statement today regarding a claim in the Canberra Times that the efficiency dividend will cost jobs. See also a piece that I wrote for the Canberra Times recently on the negative impact that the Liberals’ promised 12,000 job cuts will have on Canberra.

MEDIA STATEMENT

1 February 2012

Gai Brodtmann MP
Federal Member for Canberra

Andrew Leigh MP
Federal Member for Fraser

Senator Kate Lundy
Senator for the Australian Capital Territory

PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS

The figures presented in the Canberra Times today are not correct.

The Government believes it is important the public service continues to play its part in delivering savings to the Budget given tight fiscal conditions.

The Government expects agencies to continue to meet the efficiency dividend without resorting to forced redundancies.

We know the Liberal Party likes to boast about sacking 12,000 workers:

“For a start, 12,000 public servants in Canberra will be made redundant over a two-year period immediately upon us being elected.”
HOCKEY – Q&A – 27 JUNE 2011

However we expect agencies to create savings in areas including: reductions in the use of big consultancy firms and contractors; replacing travel with the use of virtual meeting facilities; reductions in agency spend on hospitality and entertainment; minimising media and advertising expenditure; reductions in printing and publication expenditure, and more efficient and consistent delivery of training.

The future figures for wages and salaries used by the Canberra Times do not account for new policies that may be agreed to by government in future budgets.  Adjusting for this would change the projections.

The figures also do not reflect the Government’s expectation that agencies meet the Efficiency Dividend from non-salary expenditure.  This means in future years the wage and salary figures are expected to increase at the expense of non-wage and salary departmental expenditure.

Unlike the Liberals, we believe that a strong public service is essential to support the community and deliver critical government programs.