Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


ACT = Association of Consultants and Tryhards

ACT = Association of Consultants and Tryhards

Act should rename itself the Association of Consultants and Tryhards, State Services Minister Trevor Mallard said today after the party attacked the public service.

"The increase in the number of public servants reflects a conscious decision by our government to create a strong and stable public service, rather than follow National's example and continually hire outside consultants at exorbitant prices.

"ACT must try harder but copying National is the hard way to go, even if a lot of your mates are the highly paid consultants who would benefit from public sector cuts," Trevor Mallard said.

"Unlike National and Act, Labour opposes the idea that you should give people the sack and a redundancy cheque on Friday, and then hire them, or someone else, on the Monday as a consultant at twice the price.

"We've reduced reliance on contractors and short-term staff. There has been a 21 percent reduction in the number of fixed term employees between 2000 and 2004.

"Our government values the public service, and will not take to it with an axe. Public servants are not just in Wellington, they are in the regions, they work in the call centres, they protect our fisheries, and borders, they teach and nurse and police. They are also the technical and administration support for the frontline public servants. Consultants can not do this work.

"People will be interested to know that the public service is about on par with ten years ago. And the size of the total public sector in New Zealand, compared to the size of the economy as a whole is also significantly smaller than for the rest of the OECD.

"In 1999, central government spending (that is, excluding state-owned enterprises and local government) was 33.3 per cent of GDP. It is now 30.1 per cent. That means there has been a three percentage point decline, or a ten per cent fall in the relative size of central government," Trevor Mallard said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>




Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>


Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>


Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election