By Paul Malone
The articles during this assortment have been first released within the Canberra occasions among 14 November 2005 and 22 April 2006 in a marginally various layout. at times articles have been released at the one secretary. those were mixed into one and minor edits and corrections were made. The articles haven't been up-to-date to take account of occasions due to the fact that they have been first released.
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You would always expect departments … to be enthusiastic about spending on their programs”, Watt says. ” He rejects any suggestion that Finance automatically adopts a “No, or less” position on these proposals. “I’d say to people, Finance should never be afraid to support a good investment … but it’s got to be a good investment. And a good investment doesn’t mean one that the department concerned supports, or thinks is important. ” He says Finance not surprisingly often comes out with a somewhat smaller sense of what’s highly desirable expenditure.
We had invested a large part of our souls in the particular policy objective in 1985. Nevertheless we were being told, ‘You’ve got to do this’. ” When Fightback! came out, the model the team had developed enabled the identification of a major failing in the package. Income tax bracket creep had been used to fund the package but bracket creep had not been used in the analysis of the after tax income various taxpayers would receive. Treasury was accused by the Coalition of having acted improperly.
We are about wanting to know more about how things are done and why they’re done that way and could they become better? What are the queue times? And what’s the wait time? And how many calls don’t get answered? I’m not going to apologise for that. These are very large organisations delivering lots and lots of services and we haven’t hit Nirvana. Every now and again we’ve got to say to an agency, ‘you’ve got to lift your game’. And every now and again we’ve got to say to the policy departments, ‘Be reasonable.
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