WA today | 6 August 2013

death by 1000 cuts illustrationA blunt instrument unveiled, CPD is on the ball.

Across-the-board cuts made blindly are not the kind of tactic that improves productivity. Rising to 2.25 per cent the inflated efficiency dividend as announced in the governments economic statement is an example of ‘blunt instrument’ methods CPD’s latest report argues against.

In Death by a thousand cuts: how governments undermine their own productivity, co-authors CPD research director Christopher Stone and industrial relations policy expert Kathy MacDermott examine how across-board-cuts reduce productivity, stifle innovation and damage government institutions.

“The report examines the trend, in Australia and elsewhere, of governments’ evading ”responsibility for service cuts from budget savings by applying across-the-board cuts rather than identifying the services” that should end.”

Read Death by a thousand cuts

Read the WA today article from ‘Public Eye’

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