What has become abundantly clear during the COVID-19 pandemic is that the public service, government agencies, and government quangos are loaded with fat cats.
Consider the following.
First, a new 9News analysis of all federal government departments and agencies reveals that there are 37 people earning more than $900,000 in the 2019-20 financial year:
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“They’re not servants,” Emilie Dye, policy director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, told 9News. “They’re making a CEO’s salary”.
This follows data released earlier this month by Victoria’s Public Sector Commission, which showed that the number of executives employed in state government departments has risen from 675 to 1,471 since 2015, whereas the total wages bill for senior public servants has more than tripled from just $99.2 million to $327.5 million over this period.
Then there are Australia’s university vice-chancellors, who are dining on average salaries of more than $1 million while their rank-and-file staff struggle on temporary contracts:
Rob Sitch where are you? We need another season of Utopia.
But seriously, the whole ‘marketisation’ of government agencies and services has clearly failed, delivering over paid fat cats, endless rorting and poor outcomes for taxpayers.
It’s time to drain the swamp and implement uniform salary structures for government departments, government-owned corporations, statutory authorities and universities. Bring them into line with the rest of the public service workforce.