The CEO of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet has confirmed that Budget cuts of $18.3 million over four years in the department were not detailed in the Budget documents.
“Mr Chris Eccles also told the Budget and Finance Committee this week it was likely all other government departments would have similar Budget cuts not detailed in the Budget Papers,” Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today.
“Mr Eccles’ evidence comes on top of evidence given by the Department for Environment and Natural Resources, which highlighted examples of Budget cuts agreed to by Cabinet but not included in the Budget Papers.
“Mr Eccles highlighted the further cuts of $18.3 million were in addition to almost $50 million in cuts actually detailed in Budget Papers.
“This is yet another example of either the duplicity or the financial incompetence of Treasurer Foley and makes analysis of the impact of the Budget very difficult.”
Other evidence given by Mr Eccles included:
• Total state support for Carnegie Mellon would be $22.35 million, but he took on notice whether this cost included overseas travel costs, vacancy rental costs and costs incurred by other departments in sending officers to Carnegie Mellon;
• DPC had not had any contact since late 2009 with the Auditor General’s officers about the Auditor General’s much delayed special report into government advertising;
• Taking on notice questions about whether a former Chief of Staff to Premier Rann – Peter Chataway – who had been on leave for four years, had recently received a termination payment and if he had, why he had received the payment; and,
• Acknowledged that given the government’s decision to abolish the independent Commissioner for Public Employment position and making the CEO of DPC the new Commissioner that there will need to be further consideration of policy change if a charge of nepotism is made against the CEO of DPC.