Well done to the Courier-Mail’s Steven Wardill for his scoop on the Queensland public service hiring freeze in today’s paper: Qld public service hiring freeze to rein in budget (pay-walled). I spoke with Steven about the hiring freeze yesterday afternoon and he’s quoted me in his article:
Respected Queensland economist Gene Tunny strongly backed the hiring ban.
“The fact is they are going to have very heavy cash needs in the next six months because of the money going out the door and the hit to revenue they have had, so they are really being prudent not putting on more people,” he said.
However Mr Tunny said the State Budget would have been in better shape had the Government not been so spendthrift.
Check out the Courier-Mail for the full story. For the back story on Queensland’s public finances, check out my 2018 book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next: Queensland’s Public Finances since Sir Joh and Sir Leo.
Queensland’s Tower of Power, 1 William St, Brisbane. Photo by Jennifer Tunny.