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NSW Public Sector Campaign: 5 Point Plan « betterstate.org.au

Invest in services

Guarantee that service funding and workforce size will increase as the population grows

NSW’s population is growing fast, but funding for services isn’t keeping up.

If NSW is to handle a rising population, our government must invest at current levels and increase this investment as the population increases.

Politicians must also maintain the current size of the public sector workforce and increase it in-line with population growth.

Look after public assets

Ensure that no public asset will be privatised without an Act of Parliament

Public assets should be protected and valued, not sold-off to private interests.

Privately controlled utilities will always be run to maximise profits for shareholders.

Where privatisation or large-scale contracting out is proposed, there should be a full community debate.

Being obliged to pass an Act of Parliament will ensure that the public will have a say in all future proposals for the privatisation of government assets.

Plan long-term

Develop and implement a long-term plan to establish world-class services and infrastructure for our communities

Government’s role must be to plan the State’s growth in a way that maintains a decent quality of life for our communities.

To do this, government must plan beyond four-year election cycles.

This can be achieved by guaranteeing any growth in population is matched by improvements to our vital public infrastructure, including roads, transport, schools and hospitals.

It also means investing in facilities to create vibrant communities.

Back our workers

Guarantee the rights of workers who provide services to the public

Public sector workers do remarkable things everyday like protecting the community, educating our kids, caring for the sick and keeping public transport on the rails.

There must be respect for frontline service workers who keep the state running and the support workers who back them up.

Service workers must be supported by government to do the best job they can.

Governments must respect the rights of the workers who provide services to the public to collectively bargain and be represented by a union if they choose.

We need our public and community service sectors to be energised to work for the common good, not demoralised by budget cuts and sell-offs.

Govern for the common good

Commit to govern for the common good and be held accountable by Community Impact Statements and State Community Audits

For our community to thrive, we all have a responsibility to work together to promote the common good.

The primary role of governments must be to promote the common good so communities can thrive and people can live full and meaningful lives.

This means the interests of communities should be at the centre of government decision-making.

Currently when a significant new bill or regulatory proposal is introduced, a ‘Better Regulations Statement’ is published by the Better Regulation Office. However, these statements are too lengthy, technical and bureaucratic to useful for the public.

A new Community Impact Statement must be produced, which clearly and concisely lays out how a proposal is likely to affect a given community.

It should be published separately to the broader Better Regulations Statement.

Additionally, a State Community Audit should also be produced annually to assess the overall impact of the State Budget on local communities.

Please support, visit: http://betterstate.org.au/the-5-point-plan/

About Darin Sullivan (1971 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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