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Media Release: Let’s make this the last budget estimates

BUDGET estimates have ended for another year which makes it a good time to consider whether the whole process is value for money.

Over the past four days eight Ministers have spent a combined 126.5 hours being quizzed by their parliamentary colleagues on their portfolios. To prepare for this examination literally hundreds of public sector workers have spent long hours preparing briefs – mostly for questions that will never be asked. While it has sometimes been good theatre Tasmanians need to ask whether the information gleaned through this process is worth the total cost of around $2m.

We learned that Tasmanian prisoners consume eggs from Queensland, that Department of Economic Development would prefer their staff eat fruit rather than biscuits and that Brenton Best and Nick McKim aren’t the best of mates. But in difficult economic times is this good use of tax payer’s funds?

Our political leaders say that budget estimates is a key part of a system that is open and accountable but I disagree,” said CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch.

Read the full media release here.

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