I think this situation is absolutely ludicrous! How can you (as a government) make such a monumental stuff-up as described here? As of now, the NSW Premier has been saying to government departments and authorities, that because of the extent of the budgetary deficit, they need to make operating cutbacks. In the case of Fire & Rescue NSW, they were asked to shave $75 million off their operating budget. In real terms, this meant closing stations and thus reducing fire coverage for the people of the state. Emergency service officers Death and Disability benefits were also slashed – even though those officers contribute to the system. Then worker’s compensation payments have been likewise slashed and period to which those benefits are payable was also cut.
It’s easy to get legislation passed when there is no opposition! Consider the current composition of the NSW State Parliament. Liberal/National 69, Labour 20 and Other 4 You can clearly see that there is no viable opposition.
Now that all this money has been found, I guess these cutbacks will not be required? Wrong! The cutbacks will go ahead anyway.
This is one of the problems we the people are faced with when government has so large a majority, that they feel that they can do what they like, because they can get away with it.And voters have historically demonstrated that they have poor memories when it comes to governmental performance.
How can you have confidence in a government that could get its finances so horribly and drastically WRONG?
Somebody voted this lot in, and I know it wasn’t me!