I was at a conference yesterday organised by NSW public servants, and attended by local council employees and private contractors (mostly sole operators and small firms). I was fascinated by the mutual cultural differences, mostly in attitudes to what constitutes a lot of money

Also that the greatest believers in regulations, and cynics of the actual market, are the people who have to enforce regulations on markets, rather than the policy people who tend to err on the side of ‘the Market’ and trust

(All of this obviously begs the question that cultural heritage is a market but that question was settled in the 1970s)

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Finally it’s obvious that the public sector has moved past its treasury-led mission to do more with less, and has arrived at the obvious endpoint of ‘efficiency dividend’, which is simply doing less

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