The public sector problem teeters at the top

Both parties have pledged cuts to the public service but the problem is not only a rise in staff but too many in the upper ranks. Neither is up to seriously tackling that predicament.

Neither major party has owned up to the truth about what has happened to the Australian public service. Its numbers have risen sharply over the last decade and it has become too top-heavy. Using an old saying (which I hope now does not have unintended racial connotations), there are too many chiefs and not enough indians.

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