SAUL ESLAKE

Assessment of the Tasmanian State Budget delivered by the Treasurer, the Hon. Michael Aird MLC, on Thursday

THE Government is seeking to achieve significant savings in its operating costs. The Government hopes these can be achieved by procuring operational and administrative efficiencies, and by across-the-board reductions in specific types of expenses, rather than from a comprehensive review of the need for and cost of existing programs.

To the extent that it has made judgments about past areas of expenditure, it has focused on what some regard as “soft targets” (such as national parks and the arts), rather than asking more difficult questions about whether “core” services such as education, health and law enforcement are currently being delivered in the most effective and efficient fashion. These areas are, afterall, by far the largest areas of State Government spending.

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