A pal of mine emailed me a copy of a letter that Premier Campbell Newman sent out to all of Queensland’s public servants.
Part of it reads:
Thanks to the financial incompetence of Anna Bligh and Peter Beattie, the good people of Queensland are now being screwed to the tune of $115,000,000.00 per week in interest.
Premier Campbell Newman said the Government’s recent payroll figures showed that there were 198,944 full-time equivalent employees for the fortnight ending 13 July, down from 201,934 FTEs on 29 June.
“The LNP Government wants to protect as many public sector jobs as possible, but the reality is the former Labor Government employed 20,000 more public servants than the people of Queensland can currently afford,” Mr Newman said.
Forget all this FTE nonsense. Check out the table below.
According to the 2010/2011 annual report, the size of the Queensland Public Service sector is a staggering 266,044 people (page 72).
And the table below lists the various Queensland government agencies that employ 50 or more people (page 71).
Because of the 50 or more threshold, the final number used to quantify the actual Queensland Public Service sector is reduced to 206,226 people.
Amazingly, 59,818 people belong to some multiple unknown government agencies – that’s more than the capacity of Suncorp Stadium.
The table below lists each agency and the actual number of people employed (page 70).
Seems to me there is plenty of public sector fat that can be cut.