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“South Australia is Not for Sale”

The Public Service Association of South Australia says “South Australia is Not for Sale.” PwC has just released a report recommending that SA Pathology not be privatised for 12-18 months. “The PSA will continue to vigorously oppose further cuts to SA Pathology and any attempts to privatise this important public service as it has consistently done in recent times.”

Source: www.cpsu.asn.au

Labor considers an inquiry into $10b Melbourne to Brisbane inland railway

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley says a future Labor government will conduct an inquiry into the $10 billion Melbourne to Brisbane inland railway which could result in an overhaul of the landmark project. The Australian Financial Review reports that “while Labor is unlikely to scrap the $9.3 billion equity investment in ARTC, a review or inquiry into the planning process is likely to be announced. Another potential headache for the Morrison government is the Queensland government has yet to sign up to the intergovernmental agreement for the inland rail project. NSW and Victoria are already on board. The $10 billion project stops at the Queensland border. It is dependent on a complex 126-kilometre section tunneling through Toowoomba Ranges to Acacia Ridge in Brisbane's west which will be put to the market as a public-private partnership.”

Source: Australian Financial Review

Save Mona Vale Hospital

A four-page brochure produced by the New South Wales government is raising fears that Mona Vale Hospital will inevitably be fully-privatised. “Save Mona Vale Hospital chairman Parry Thomas said his members remained sceptical of a takeover by private operators. ‘They’ve already leased parts to private operators—we’re not speculating that it’s been sold.’” [Manley Daily, 6 March 2019]

Source: peopleoverprof.it

A housing nightmare shines a light on lax regulation of building practices

A housing nightmare shines a light on lax regulation of building practices. “The Builders Collective's Mr. Dwyer says the authority's lack of action was typical. ‘Combined with privatisation of building surveyors, regulators in this industry do everything they can to avoid regulating. And yet these same bureaucrats keep informing the minister of the day that everything is OK,’ he said.”

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

What can Australian public servants learn from the UK’s new Outsourcing Playbook?

The Mandarin’s Stephen Easton asks what can Australian public servants learn from the UK’s new Outsourcing Playbook? “In the same portfolio, plans to outsource visa processing in the future are also controversial and have been questioned by a former immigration deputy secretary. This reflects the widespread scepticism of government outsourcing that the UK's outsourcing reforms aim to counter. The sense of unease comes not only from a long list of expensive delivery failures, poor outcomes and cost blow-outs at all levels of the federation, but also the way governments often respond to specific concerns, leading to a suspicion they sometimes try to outsource accountability for policy outcomes along with delivery.”

Source: The Mandarin

General secretary of Public Service Association: "the NSW juvenile justice system is in crisis"

Stewart Little, the general secretary of Public Service Association, says the NSW juvenile justice system is in crisis, with violence against staff spiking and inadequate care. “The relentless cuts and outsourcing of public services mean that opportunities for intervention with these kids are consistently missed David Tune's independent report on child protection, which the government kept secret for 18 months, revealed a system in failure. Of the $1.86 billion the state spent on vulnerable families, $960 million, half, is spent on outsourced, privately provided out-of-home care. It costs nearly double to put a kid in an NGO-run home rather than a Family and Community Services (FACS) -managed service. The erosion of funding for FACS means it is now a crisis-driven system. Case workers are operating in survival mode, unable to deliver long-term outcomes for anyone.”

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

A New South Wales Upper House inquiry into the state's port privatisations

A New South Wales Upper House inquiry into the state's port privatisations finds that key aspects of the deals were kept secret from Parliament and the public. “Labor's Shadow Minister for Industry and Resources, Adam Searle, said the government had concealed the port deal “because they knew it would sell the Hunter [region] short. They knew people in the Hunter wouldn't like it, but they did it anyway because they wanted to maximise the sale price for the other ports which they privatised.”

Source: Newcastle Herald

North Queensland public sector workers have stepped up pressure to rule out privatising Medicare and Centrelink services

North Queensland public sector workers have stepped up pressure on the federal government to rule out privatising Medicare and Centrelink services. “Community and Public Sector Union Queensland assistant regional secretary Amy Smith said the use of labour hire and potential privatisation of the service industry would negatively impact the North. ‘Centrelink services in North Queensland are under pressure because the Government has put profits before people by selling out jobs and millions of dollars to Serco, Stellar, Concentrix, Datacom and other labour hire companies,’ she said. ‘The money that’s being handed to corporations through privatisation should be spent providing quality, permanent jobs in North Queensland.’” The union has launched a “Proud to be Public” campaign.

Source: peopleoverprof.it

The PSA has taken steps to protect its members from new time monitoring practices

The Public Service Association of New South Wales has taken steps to protect its members from new time monitoring practices recommended by private consultants. “This is yet another case of the State Government getting it wrong by engaging private sector consultants instead of seeking the advice of the experts in the public sector—in this case highly experienced professionals dedicated to child protection. We urge Family and Community Services (FACS) to enter into genuine and meaningful consultation so that caseworkers can get and on and do their jobs without being subjected to inhumane and intrusive changes in their workplace.”

Source: Public Service Association

"Save The State. Change The Government"

The Public Service Association of New South Wales declares “Save the State. Change the Government.” PSA says “the public sector has suffered under eight years of Coalition Government and its agenda to reduce the services we provide to the NSW community. This cannot continue.” This has included “$60 billion worth of assets sold off to the private sector. The gifting of government run ageing and disability services has left our most vulnerable without a safety net.”

Source: Public Service Association