In our recent public sector newsletter we advised members that the “independent” reviewer undertaking a Review of The Tasmanian State Service had released his Interim Report - the document and its recommendations can be found here. The report itself is some 77 pages and makes a total of 13 specific recommendations, and the reviewer has suggested to the government that work on these recommendations should commence straight away.
The review reads more like an opinion piece than a truly independent analysis of the State Service, and is littered with statements and assumptions that don't have any supporting data or information accompanying them, nor do they largely reflect the views expressed in the 25 submissions that have been published.
The reviewer does not have a broad understanding of the Tasmanian public sector, neither do most of the representatives on the steering committee nor was there any robust consultation with Tasmanians and, more importantly, public sector workers before the interim report's finalisation.
Both the “independent” reviewer and most of the steering committee representatives were handpicked by the Premier, which draws into question whether the review is truly independent - it doesn’t look like it to me.
You know what they say - if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it must be a duck.
You'll probably agree with me that public sector workers would be best placed to advise the review of the issues they currently confront and provide input into how they might be addressed in the future.
For whatever reason it seems the government is attempting to rush this review through – a review likely to affect our members rights and job security and how they work into the future - disguising it as some measure that's urgently required in a post-COVID world.
At this stage it's unclear what the actual next steps are, particularly if the reviewer intends to ask public sector workers, or the Tasmanian community, for their views.
I haven’t provided much detail here in terms of the recommendations contained in the report because at this early stage it's important to provide members with an opinion, but you'll hear more from me over coming weeks and months, so stand by.
The final report is due for release in March 2021.