Hervey Bay Independent : 22nd January 2015
YOURSAY election before the Federal polls got a lot worse. Ted (local member) is more than a mere back bencher and paid a lot more than a back bencher for his role too. Don’t know about you, but I have seen Ted once at a charity event since the last election. I for one will be changing my vote this time around. So let us, the voters in the Bay, take charge of our destiny this time around and make the Bay a marginal seat to get the right amount of dollars for our electorate back whoever wins this time. Can Do has a margin of 5.7 per cent and Ted has a margin of more than 21 per cent. The numbers speak for themselves. Grahame Hollis Point Vernon Running the public service Russ Tremlin (January 15) is clearly critical of the 6.9 per cent blowout in unemployment. However, since his letter was published, that seasonally adjusted fi gure has dropped to 6.1 per cent. This drop is most signifi cant considering the impact of the economic downturn which was a factor in the rise in the fi rst place. It’s the downward trend that now is signifi cant! But what is not mentioned is the underlying rationale involved in job justifi cation in the public service. The public service will always be bigger under Labor than under a conservative regime. Why? Under conservative management, government departments have an objective of not only delivering their mission fully but also with optimum cost effectiveness. That is, every employee’s contribution is seen as essential and each one will be held accountable. In principle this should apply right through to the head of department who reports to the minister. Like well run companies in the private sector, they should refl ect effi ciency and stay within budget. The public service under a Labor model will look quite different. Jobless rate too high (?) ... no problem… new projects or added objectives can facilitate the creation of new jobs and where there is no funding… the money is borrowed. So it is that in time the jobless rate comes down and people are seen to be working on objectives that are more directed at job activity than on mission target. Why bother about budgets and forward estimates? So it was that when the Newman government took over, all departments were scrutinised looking to cut non essential functions that didn’t contribute to their departmental mission. There had been a massive increase in public sector jobs under Premier Bligh. There was a lot of hype about loss of essential services when these positions were eliminated but where is the evidence that this has happened? The conservative approach creates a framework for economic opportunity in the private sector and there’s a heap of projects ready to go. The plan is there in the Future Investment section of the ‘Strong Choices’ document which is publicly available. The target is... “an expectation to create 25,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in the Queensland construction and related industries”. Warren McLaughlin River Heads One kind stranger does a good deed A very big thank you to the kind lady who thoughtfully stopped at a three-car crash at the intersection near Bunnings on a very hot 20th December day. The thoughtful lady came over with an umbrella for shade and a bottle of water. It was much appreciated. F. Gibson Urangan What’s on your mind? Email your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to 10am Monday for publication. Letters must be no longer than 300 words, and contain a name, address and daytime telephone number for verifi cation purposes. Letters may be edited due to space restrictions and may be refused if handwritten. GET YOUR FULL DIGITAL EDITION Download the App today! SUMMER JADE Treat yourself to our JANUARY FOIL Inc SPECIAL! ludes full head of foils, toner, style cut & finish ONLY $ 119 * Limited spaces available. Must mention this advertisement to receive offer. Shop 3/10 Torquay Road, Pialba For more information, please call us today on 4124 5411 or visit online at www.fcac.qld.edu.au Hervey Bay Independent, January 22, 2015 / 31 Fraser Coast Anglican College MY 1000TH CLIENT! We are almost there and to celebrate our 1000th client will receive I WANT YOU TO BE $1000 CASH! For details call 4184 2043 You are invited to come and visit the College! Principal’s Tour and Tea Afternoon Thursday, 22 January, 2.00-3.30pm Come and be guided on a personal tour by our Principal Mrs Leisa Harper, visit our vibrant classrooms and speak one-on-one with senior staff members about the exceptional educational opportunities for your child at Fraser Coast Anglican College. For more information or to register your interest please call 4124 5411.
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