‘More aggressive than SAGE’

Bob Richards says Government is going to be more aggressive than the SAGE Commission in cutting costs, according to his comments from a breakfast meeting today.
And he is touting his big idea for “public service mutuals” in which civil servants become shareholders of privatised businesses.
This is a neat way of reducing Government spending at the same that the OBA keeps its slightly ill-advised election pledge not to cut Government jobs.
Just how the unions will respond is an interesting question. The other question is how civil servants will adjust to being obliged to make a profit while delivering a certain quality of public service.
We can expect to see more on this idea in the upcoming Budget …

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