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  • James Williams
    commented 2016-09-01 18:09:24 +1000
    Privitisation takes the focus of an organisation from service to shareholders. Corporations are only interested in those government services that make a modest profit because they sense that they can be restructured to give a viable dividend to shareholders. The modestly profitable (the profit is moderate because it tries to balance the provision of a service with a means to cover costs) Government services including electricity, telecommunications,etc in effect ‘subsidised’ services including police, ambulance, fire brigade etc that difficult services to profit from. As we venture further down the path of privitisation, that ‘subsidy’ has to be replaced by higher prices, reduced services or taxation. Privitisation as a strategy is win-win the government gets a cash injection to boost their economic credentials, and they no longer have direct reponsibility for any problems with the services. HALLELUJAH, hail privitisation, the politicians best friend. This is the mantra of modern governments “Money to spend and minimal responsibly”
  • Pauline Tremlett
    commented 2016-09-01 17:48:01 +1000
    Public service should be precisely that, ie what the term means. It should never be privatised for the purpose of maximising profit for a private entity. Surely the results of privatising training at the expense of the TAFEs should be enough of a reminder as to how this simply doesn’t work! The same would apply to the pink batt insulations. In both cases the public has been short changed if not actually defrauded and the government will have to spend many times more than it saved to remedy the problems created. This is yet again an example of short sighted thinking.
  • Clyde J Roberts
    commented 2016-09-01 17:42:40 +1000
    I was opposed to the Keating privatization of the Commonwealth Bank and I was always opposed to the Howard/Costello privatization of Telstra and so on. Privatization of public assets is ALWAYS wrong and Telstra in particular used to pay the Federal Government a dividend of several billion dollars each year which would have helped with so called “budget repair”. I am still opposed to privatization of public assets and always will be regardless of which Government does it!!!!
  • Bridgette Mexted
    commented 2016-09-01 17:40:10 +1000
    I have worked for ADHC as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years and have grave concerns for those clients who receive a service from this Department when it is privatized.

    Providing care to an individual that suffers from an intellectual & physical disability, challenging behaviour a and complex medical needs requires highly skilled & educated staff that are regulated.

    The use of an unskilled work force, i.e., Assistants in Nursing & care workers will lead to an increase in client deaths, an increase in admissions to general hospitals and an extremely poor level of care.

    Accountability will also be non existent & abuse & neglect will become the norm. I see this on a regular basis when staff from NGO’ visit & take our clients out. Eg, clients money is not always returned, foods are purchased that clients with dysphasia cannot eat, clients are not toileted & that are not dressed appropriately.

    At present "new’ clients are regularly admitted as NGO group home staff cannot manage client care needs, whether it is health care, physical disabilities or challenging behaviours. I have seen clients from group homes admitted who were malnourished, had no money left and had been prescribed drugs deemed “Special” by the Guardianship Tribunal (this means the drugs were prescribed & administered illegally).

    Individuals with disabilities are entitled to & deserve the best care available & this can only be provided by qualified, educated & regulated staff. Do not be fooled into thinking Nurses will remain in this sector post privatization, we will be pushed out & deemed too expensive.

    The NSW Government is using the NDIS to save money & absolve itself of any responsibility. Clients will not get access to funds as they will used by the not for profit organisation’s to provide “community access” rather than providing staff to shower clients, change their incontinence aids, attend to medical needs or feed clients.

    We are always a last resort for clients who cannot be managed in the community. Our staff are familiar with, & implement the Enabling Act. The clients participate in as many community activities as they choose & have, & need, 24/7 nursing care.

    Privatization of disability services in the UK has been a dismal failure. These services belong to the people of NSW, not Mike Baird & Co.

    The privatization of ADHC is disgusting. Politicians have no idea about the clients & their needs.
  • Lorraine webb
    commented 2016-09-01 17:39:39 +1000
    electricity/ and phone service//// is no more since greedy privatisation’ and also no rail maintenance is done by these private companies who over load freight trains wreck the line bleed us dry then sell and leave the mess
  • Colin Todd
    commented 2016-09-01 17:32:44 +1000
    We have clear evidence of the detrimental affects privatisation has had on many of our services. Surely it is time to acknowledge that there is room in our lives for people to work to look after the community needs and provide work opportunities for those of us that are not HIGHLY skilled . Think of people for a change instead of private company’s bottom line.
  • Tom Knowles
    commented 2016-09-01 17:21:25 +1000
    Dear Chair and members of the Panel for the People’s Enquiry into Privatisation,

    Public services are just that, services to the public. They are funded from taxes to meet human needs and serve the common good of society. Privatisation turns them into profit-making enterprises and reduces human beings to economic units. Properly funded public services promote human and social values that are at the core of our well-being. They must be kept out of private control.

    Yours sincerely,

    Tom Knowles
  • Gemma Prior
    commented 2016-09-01 17:20:30 +1000
    I write this for my own benefit as well as that of many others. I have been living on a Disability Pension for 4 years and for 3 years before that, another Centrelink benefit, all due to an illness that the medical profession has not been able to decipher. Before falling ill I had just finished my training as a Commercial Pilot and been offered my first job: illness and unemployment were no part of my life.

    Now I live on $400 a week, yet within the first month of 2016 I was $1200 out of pocket on medical expenses (tests, appointments, treatment). That does not include medication, natural medicines, or health insurance. And this continues constantly throughout the year.

    Luckily for me I have a Mum and Dad who can help me when I need it. So many others do not. These are the people I feel most for.

    My family has worked with refugees for over 10 years. These people are better at saving money than anyone I know, but money is still incredibly tight. For these people Medicare and public hospitals are so significant. As are school, TAFE, and university: the future education of their children. They are in no position to pay for tertiary study, but they are desperate for their children to go. These parents all grew up in refugee camps without an education. They can not read or write in their own language, but, for years, have brought their children to our house every weekend, and often during the week as well, for help with homework and basic skills like reading, writing, and arithmetic.

    There is also my big sister who suffers an illness called limbic encephalitis and is dependent on things such as Mental Health Care Plans and other Medicare assistance.

    The number of people out there in the same position would be enormous. The thought of life becoming even harder were our government to privatise such essential services would be overwhelming to so many.

    Please put these people first.
  • kate macleod
    commented 2016-09-01 17:18:16 +1000
    the purpose of privatisation is to increase private profits for LNP /ALP corporate donors, lobbyists and associates. better quality and low cost public services are never delivered by privatisation, as demonstrated for instance by company mandated profit levels causing high NSW electricity prices and the NSW & national destruction of TAFE- campuses closed and defunded, TAFE made much less accessible to public via huge fee rises and put in competition with expensive,incompetent and corrupt private providers. All done with the full intention, knowledge and blessing of the NSW Government. Privatisation is never done in the public interest , is never supported by the majority of the public and is anti democratic at every level. the federal government has no mandate for it. it is a direct transfer of public assets to large companies and wealthy individuals, local or foreign, with no long term benefits in cost or quality, resource management /preservation or national security for the australian public. basically it is theft from the public and i hope all its political advocates become unelectable very soon.
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  • Gallagher Gallagher
    commented 2016-09-01 17:09:30 +1000
    Privatisation, in essence, involves a private company making a profit out of a SERVICE that once was enjoyed by the public for free or at a subsidised rate.

    These services belong to & support the public, & should therefore be as widely available & accessible as possible.

    If our government want to raise revenue, why don’t they tax those private companies & corporations that currently pay marginal tax, or zero tax in Australia, scheming through loopholes or offshore registration.
  • Emily Toth
    commented 2016-09-01 17:08:43 +1000
    Privatisation has NEVER, EVER worked for anybody who actually needs the services.

    It benefits big end of town and in the long term the assets make the country more money. It does not make things “more competitive” by any stretch of the word.

    The middle class is being eradicated which I understand is what the neoliberals would like, but do they not see how the economy suffers more so in long the term? The rich have been getting richer off the back of everyone else working terribly hard, just so we can eat and have a roof over our heads. Please for the sake of future generations, stop this greedy madness. It isn’t working. Hasn’t worked and will not magically work in the future.
  • tony olsen
    commented 2016-09-01 17:07:52 +1000
    it all about politicians posturing them selves for them selves and never listening to the people ….

    they never …when will they listen?

    always suck dry the plebs seems their way through out history

    when will they reflect on history to see that indeed it repeats and the politicians will be in trouble…. maybe not today …but it will happen…some day …

    obviously they are not smart otherwise they would see that it is history repeating again and again never really moving forward ..just constantly sideways …

    it is always about them and us … what a shame it has to be like this.
  • Stephen Craven
    commented 2016-09-01 17:07:30 +1000
    Public service is about service to the community, private service is about profit. I see very little argument for further privatisation. I believe that in many cases improved service is a myth. Too many public services have already been privatised at considerable cost to the community. I would like to see some services like care of the aged be taken on by the public sector.


    Stephen Craven PhD
  • Norman Jackson
    commented 2016-09-01 17:06:14 +1000
    Look: Australia is not the U.S., OK? I’m a citizen of both, and the reason I’m in Australia is because it’s NOT the U.S.! I can vote, and I know whereof I speak, and if you pursue this direction, you’re headed for a bad wrong turn towards the cliff…
  • George Dionyssopoulos
    commented 2016-09-01 17:04:59 +1000
    We find this unacceptable that our Govt services that mostly affect women are been targeted by an all male agenda who have lost touch of what it is to be in the caring profession. We ask that further privatisation be stopped because a private business is all about making a profit and not about delivering the proper care that is needed for the receivers of such care.

    I am a male and I strongly support our health and disability services be kept in public hands and not have an American greed style medical system here in Australia.

    This is what makes us Australians our ability to offer the best public care to the public who are and have been taxpayers and deserve the best into their old age.

    Kind Regards

    George Dion
  • Nichola Thompson
    commented 2016-09-01 17:02:15 +1000
    Please do not privatise Australian public services. Overseas models clearly demonstrate the losses in staffing levels and quality of service as opposed to the massive increase in costs that come with privatisation.

    That this conversation is occurring at all is an example of the disconnect between politicians and the people in whose best interests they are supposed to be acting.

    Corporations are out to make a profit, and are accountable to shareholders not to those they provide their services to. Their use in service provision should be avoided when dealing with members of the public who do not have the money to pay personally for services, which their taxes are supposed to provide. In fact it should be avoided in dealing with all people comprising this great nation.

    I’ve heard it said that a society can be judged on how it treats its weakest members. Treatment of our poor, our young, our elderly and our challenged should be compassionate – not profit driven.
  • Michael Perroux
    commented 2016-09-01 17:01:42 +1000
    The most simple way to make government authorities work is to sack all the do nothing management. These bureaucrats all run for cover and close ranks when there is an efficiency inquiry. Also make legislation enabling incompetent workers to be sacked. A classic example is our hospitals where there is 10 do nothing managers for each worker!!
  • Mary Louise Hurford
    commented 2016-09-01 17:01:40 +1000
    Privatization causes casual employment, that means extraordinary amounts of employees have no job security, hence cannot go forward in life, you ate going to ruin lives
  • Alister Smart
    commented 2016-09-01 17:00:37 +1000
    Privatisation does not benefit the Majority.leave Medicare alone and the public service..that is what it is a service to the don’t have a mandate to privatise !
  • Alister Smart
    commented 2016-09-01 17:00:35 +1000
    Privatisation does not benefit the Majority.leave Medicare alone and the public service..that is what it is a service to the don’t have a mandate to privatise !
  • tony olsen
    commented 2016-09-01 16:59:55 +1000
  • Dawn Williams
    commented 2016-09-01 16:59:04 +1000
    It is always the average Australian who gets shafted when any public service is privatised. If the government want to get more funds into their coffers why don’t they chase the multinationals who don’t pay tax. Leave the public service alone, the politicians are actually paid their wages from our taxes. They really don’t have the interests of the Australian public in main, just the big end of town.
  • Robert Skappel
    commented 2016-09-01 16:57:38 +1000
    Dear Mr Turnbull, please do not make any rash decisions to privatise our health care system or any other public services, without first consulting the people that use them. We have seen the devistating effects of this in the UK during Maggie Thachers reign, which resulted in poorer services, often marginalizing those at the lower end of the wage scale.
  • Tom Wilson
    commented 2016-09-01 16:52:45 +1000
    Rather than generating greater efficiency privatisation has delivered services to shonky businesses which cut quality to generate ill-gotten profits. This is has occurred across a vast range of services in a variety of nations over time. In addition to the horrors of offshore detention two other recent examples include the privatisation of hospital and prison services in WA and TAFE courses nationwide. (a) Continuing scandals involving the multinational Serco have plagued hospitals and prisons in WA, where plunging quality of service has occurred at public expense. (b) There are now inquiries into the multi-million-dollar rorts by private providers of TAFE who make false promises to students in exchange for exorbitant course fees. Most such students never finish their courses. In conclusion the promises made by pious pronouncements about “market forces” only yield cowboy providers. In public hands such services are transparent and accountable, certainly more so than in private hands.
  • Chloe King
    commented 2016-09-01 16:48:47 +1000
    Don’t privatise our public services for the benefit of big business. It always ends up to the detriment of the public sector clients and workers.

    Nobody asked you to do this. Please listen to the people and stop thinking of the profit.
  • Dereka Ogden
    commented 2016-09-01 16:48:20 +1000
    Public services must stay in public hands. Every time something is privatised costs to the public go up. Also there are many instances of rorting and cruelty and less than humane treatment.

    We need public services to stay public. Just because the Federal Government can’t seem to get it’s act together and bring in more income to the Treasury, is no reason to go private with services. The hard right are an absolute menace full of very wealthy men.
  • Simone Odgers
    commented 2016-09-01 16:47:59 +1000
    We DON"T want to end up like the USA with an ever widening gap between the

    “Haves and the Have Nots” and social instability. Advance Australia FAIR !!
  • john brusen
    commented 2016-09-01 16:46:41 +1000
    Public services are what we vote in a government to do. The best outcome can never be achieved by a private company interested in making money.
  • Hiranya Anderson
    commented 2016-09-01 16:40:04 +1000
    How tragic that the Turnbull Government gets into power and its agenda is to privatise public services to make a quick buck. Here in Australia we look after people, we truly care for people but this Government would sell their soul to make a buck. The tragedy is that its women who will suffer the most. Have a look at the American system. If you don’t have money to pay for services you just don’t go to the doctor; you cannot afford to give that extra care for your children; disabled family members suffer more. More pets will be abandoned creating various other issues.

    Have a look at what happened with Manus Island! Hey that is a great example of what a great job the government did privatising.

    Privatising is basically giving over your responsibility to care for the Australian People. So why did you take on the job of Prime Minister if you were going to just sell us out Mr Turnbull?

    As it is I have not gone to see the dentist for ages as I just cannot afford the fees. Not all of us live in homes and suburbs like you Mr Turnbull.

    Shame, shame on you – particularly to be instrumental in further disadvantaging women and children; the elderly, the disabled and those on the fringes of society.

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