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Your views: on public sector reform, and regional internet

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Today, readers comment on a public service overhaul, and poor phone and internet services in outback SA.

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Commenting on the story: Marshall’s new public sector reform tsar has sights on COVID-19 recovery

Oh dear. If this is meant to flag a new way for the public sector, it’s not starting out so well.

Mark Duffy has been appointed without any obvious open process (sounds like the same old to me) and the role has been given to (another) male.

Being an optimist at heart, I hope this time round the work of this unit is transparent and collaborative, that would herald a commitment and build trust  from the get go.

As someone who was a director in the last government’s public sector reform unit in 2005, a centralised approach is challenging, and didn’t work last time.

Perhaps under a decentralised continuous improvement banner the horses would not be so scared,  resulting in CEOs retreating into their castles and drawing up the bridges. – Penny Gale

“and S.A has a small business economy,”; but has a huge and unaffordable land tax on small property investors, who supply residential and business space accommodation at low rentals relative to high site values which cannot be affordably developed or redeveloped due to ”a (our)small business economy.”

The Reform: a need for smarter thinking from our public sector advisors, something better than just cut and paste copycats. – Sam Christodoulou

Commenting on the story: Poor internet access in regional SA raises online learning questions

I am a resident of Leigh Creek. Not only is the internet access pretty much non-existent for school use, the issue affects all residents here.

I do have a Sky Muster NBN connection at my flat and I am paying for a speed boost pack, which appears to do absolutely nothing, videos take hours to load, downloading is incredibly slow and sometimes won’t even happen due to lost connections.

I couldn’t imagine trying to video conference on its connection, therefore yes all our teachers and students are at a disadvantage.

Not only is our internet crap, as greatly expressed by Jan Love in the article, but phone reception is as shit as it can get too.

We have 3G towers that barely cope/work and Telstra refuses to upgrade us to better network, yet smaller areas around us have been upgraded.

Phone calls refuse to connect or drop out mid call, and phone data is laughable on all counts.

We pay the same for our plans and phones as all other people around Australia, yet we can’t even use them. 

We have been ignored for so long, hopefully your article can raise some awareness and reach the correct people ie Telstra management, so that something can be done about it. – Ben Lihou

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