Alf has prepared a letter to his mate Bill English to help him in his quest to squeeze public spending.
This follows the news media’s highlighting Bill’s warning in a speech yesterday that we are in for years of austerity measures.
English said the Government’s decision to rein in new spending in this year’s Budget would mean some services that were ”nice-to-have” but not essential would be axed.
He also made clear that the Government intended to continue the tight grip on public finances after the state coffers returned to a ”meaningful surplus” in 2015/16 as it looked to repay mounting debt and resume payments into the superannuation fund.
”That means public spending restraint is no temporary aberration. It is effectively permanent,” English told the Institute of Public Administration this morning.
English also said plans were afoot to reduce the size of the public sector, including merging more agencies or departments.
Alf accordingly drafted his letter to alert Bill to the money-saving potential from scrapping the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, which (in Alf’s opinion) does not even rate as something that’s nice to have.