The PSA has said:
PSA National Secretaries Erin Polaczuk and Glenn Barclay have expressed deep concerns about comments by Regional Development Minister Shane Jones, calling for politicians to have more control over public servants.
“Mr Jones’ view of the public service is outdated, out of touch and – frankly – out of order,” Mr Barclay and Ms Polaczuk say.
“The measures he suggests would undermine public servants’ constitutional role.
“They need to be free, frank and fearless – not controlled, cowed and cronyistic.”
I agree with the PSA. If is disturbing that a senior Minister who is spending billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money wants to have a public service controlled by his cronies.