Gai Brodtmann to work with public servants to find efficiencies

Federal Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann MP, is calling on Canberra public servants to suggest non-staff measures to meet the increased efficiency dividend.

“While I am very disappointed with the increase to the efficiency dividend, and I’ve made my views plain to the Deputy Prime Minister, today I’m again asking Canberrans who have a non-staff cost saving idea to contact me on 6293 1344 or gai.brodtmann.mp@aph.gov.au

“Many public servants have approached me with non-staff cost savings ideas, such as increased teleconferencing and reduced travel, and I’ve passed these suggestions on to the Treasurer and Minister for Finance.

“Despite the tight economic circumstances, Labor is committed to jobs and growth. That is the difference between us and the Liberal Party, who have already identified public sector job cuts of up to 20,000. Labor’s target has always been inefficiency, not public service jobs.”

Ms Brodtmann believes many Canberrans will be pleased with the decision to defer the introduction of the self-education expenses cap.

“I know many Canberrans were concerned about the cap, and the deferral will allow for a thorough consultation process.”

Australia is one of only eight nations with a AAA Credit Rating and a stable outlook from all three ratings agencies. Australian government debt per capita is one of the lowest in the OECD.

“Today’s Economic Statement demonstrates that this Government is both transparent, when it comes to the costing of its policies, and fiscally responsible,” Ms Brodtmann said.

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