NBR on bureaucrats

March 12th, 2010 at 4:27 pm by David Farrar

has a “The good, the bad and the ugly – NBR 24/7’s plays of the week”, It is behind the firewall and always a good and often amusing read.

I am sure they don’t midn me sharing one small extract from it:

The good

Bureaucrats are getting fired (slowly)

If you want to know whether a government policy is a good idea or not you usually just need to listen to the reaction of the Public Service Association and take the opposite view.

This week the PSA, along with the union’s Labour allies, was bleating about comparatively minor ($25 million) restructuring at the Ministry of Education as part of a wider plan that includes possibly merging some ministries.

Voicing vociferous opposition to any pen-pushers being shown the door they said (as if it was some kind of tragedy) that about 2000 public sector workers had lost their since National got elected.

This was quite possibly the best news of the week: National has seemingly managed to sack 2000 bureaucrats without anyone (except Labour and the PSA) noticing.

NBR goes on to explain the difference between jobs that create wealth and those that use it up.

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12 Responses to “NBR on bureaucrats”

  1. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    They have been re-employed by Wellington Airport as corporate communications advisors

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  2. Michaels (1,318 comments) says:

    I have a simaliar view….
    Whatever the Greens say, say the opposite.
    10/10 so far with it.

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  3. Steve (4,544 comments) says:

    Sack them all. Actually if 80% were sacked the public would not notice. Productivity would go up. Those sacked could get real jobs and pay real tax

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  4. Nicholas O'Kane (168 comments) says:

    Can i ask what page of the NBR this collum is on so i can read it at a public libary? I couldn’t find it before in the print edition for some reason.

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  5. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    “National has seemingly managed to sack 2000 bureaucrats without anyone (except Labour and the PSA) noticing”.
    Then National has the nations permission to sack at lot more… we want notice.

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  6. bchapman (649 comments) says:

    Nuke Wellington, move everything to Auckland and Christchurch. Only then can we stop all you Wellington political types playing your re-structures and power games all day.

    That way we can stop Joyce and Transit’s engineers and Hide and his Local government commission stuffing up Auckland.

    Until you can show me how all these re-structurings are going to improve PS performance and give us a way of actually measuring all this, I will take stuff like this for what it is- political patch protection.

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  7. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    I see old Joris de Bres moaning his sorry arse off about no seats on the supercity council for minority’s. Bloody hell this racist and his poxy commission are well pass their due by date. Come on Shonkey save a few mill and disband this PC leftist bunch of turners ( a turner is something that turns good food into shit ).

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  8. bchapman (649 comments) says:

    Get rid of NZTA and let the regions look after their own transport. The new Auckland Transport Authority would be perfect to take over up here. Wouldn’t that be integrated and efficient.
    Save a bit of money too.

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  9. cubit (356 comments) says:

    Well bcchapman where do you think all of the politicians come from to Wellington.

    At least 27 of them come from Auckland. A number come from Chch and some of the most offensive list MPs come from places that even Wellingtonians would not admit to coming from.

    It is always amusing to hear the provincial types and Jafas being highly critical of Wellington but always know where it is when they need largesse

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  10. reid (16,224 comments) says:

    Re: their strategy to centralise or outsource shared service functions like payroll, accounts payable and receivable and hopefully recruitment and procurement, it’s so refreshing to see politicians get it right and you know what? The only reason Liarbore can’t see the sense is because virtually none of them have run a large commercially-focused market-facing operation.

    Liarbore have no argument because of all organisational operations these things are some of the few that can and should be centralised or outsourced because they all work better when done in economies of scale, and they all share central processes that are not specific to any one business or industry. Payroll is payroll for instance and same for all of the others.

    Centralising govt procurement so for example offering the entire govt account for supplying office paper to the market is likely to result in significant savings. Using IT, you have none of the issues that bedevilled this concept in times past, because you can do it effectively for the entire country from one place. Therefore you don’t have distributed centres which all do variations and so you eliminate those.

    There has to be literally thousands of variations in payroll awards across the govt what with all the allowances on top of the various conditions. Why? With one stroke of a policy pen it should be possible to remove hundreds of those as well because there have to be allowance duplications even just across say the various Health Boards.

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  11. Avalon (39 comments) says:

    Now if only some corporations would do this: sack the failing management teams and the useless admin bureaucrats (and the useless HR departments) who dont actually make any money for the company, and keep the skilled guys who do make money.

    Instead what do they do? Sack (Sorry – “disestablish the roles” of) the people actually doing the work the company gets paid to do, and leave all the windbags who have screwed the companies into the ground.

    Good on National!

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  12. bchapman (649 comments) says:

    Fair enough the pollies did come from somewhere originally but then they get the Wellington housing allowance and start listening to the advisors and departments who come from guess where. List MPs have no allegience to any group apart from the party HQ and others such as Bill disppear off to be seen in the electorate every blue moon.

    Too many PS job cuts might affect the Wellie property market I guess.

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