[clug] Another pom incoming.

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Sun Apr 15 19:41:41 MDT 2012

Neil Pickford wrote on 15/04/12 10:29 PM:
> All Government departments have also been slugged with an additional
> 2.5% efficiency dividend (extra reduction in operating costs) which
> means most areas are trimming more staff from their operational areas
> and not employing new people, even though they are desperately needed.
> In my area of government we look like having at least 2 Financial years
> of low capital funding with a possible pick-up in 2014/15 but that will
> be after an election and if we get a change in government - all bets on
> a restoration of funding are off.
> Neil

To reinforce Neil's point. We've seen this before.

In 1996 when John Howard was elected, there were no I.T. new contracts
signed from when Keating called the election and the Govt. went into
'caretaker mode' and until the end of 1997.

[And as a bonus, John Fahey was by then outsourcing as much Govt I.T. as
they could. It raised capital 'to pay down the debt'.]

I went to work in Sydney for a year.
It took me around 6 months to work out 'no jobs here' for myself...

On the plus side, the price of Real Estate fell during that Howard era
"razor gang" and the massive 'downsizing' and asset sell-off that
followed. Canberra currently has the strongest housing market in
Australia. That will change after May with the next 'surplus we had to
have' budget.

Steve Jenkin, Info Tech, Systems and Design Specialist.
0412 786 915 (+61 412 786 915)
PO Box 48, Kippax ACT 2615, AUSTRALIA

sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au http://members.tip.net.au/~sjenkin

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