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Report shows public sector skills must be valued more

Report shows public sector skills must be valued more

The Public Service Association (PSA) has welcomed the release of a Productivity Commission report that recommends placing more value on the skills of regulatory staff.

The Productivity Commission’s report on regulatory institutions and practices, is an in-depth look at New Zealand’s regulatory systems and how they can be more efficient and effective.

Richard Wagstaff, PSA National Secretary, said “The constant push for flexibility from public servants has reduced specialist skills in regulatory agencies,”

“The PSA supports the Productivity Commission’s recommendation that Treasury and the SSC need to provide greater support for training and qualifications for staff.

“The report also notes the huge impact that constant restructuring has had on the smooth operation of regulatory functions.

“Areas including employment, and health and safety, are reliant on effective regulation to ensure New Zealanders are able to participate in the workforce without fear.

“Repeated restructuring and an overly politicised regulatory regime are making it harder for public servants to do their jobs.

“This report is a welcome contribution, and we look forward to working with Government to act on its findings,” said Richard Wagstaff.

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For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.

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As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.

But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>

 

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