Dec 20, 2016

Landlocked Minister: Property errors due to privatisation not process

PSA Media release:

The recent errors in relation to certificates from the Land and Property Information Service (LPI) were due to the looming privatisation of the Titling and Registry wing not lack of governance said the Public Service Association (PSA).

The union said the assertions of Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet that the mistakes were due to lack of proper process were rubbish.

“The Government has to face facts and the facts are the errors were due to critical staff cutbacks along with many experts normally involved in maintaining the register of properties instead working on the looming privatisation of the Titling and Registry wing of LPI,” said PSA General Secretary, Stewart Little.

“This is typical of this Government: cutting staff and then demanding better results from those who remain.”

“LPI was an operating model for the rest of the world and now the Government are stripping it for sale it’s suddenly riddled with alleged procedural shortcomings.”

“How can you cut expert staff and shunt others off to work on basically preparing the organisation for sale and not expect some fall out?”

“It’s interesting that the Minister talks about alleged lack of process because once the service is privatised, there will be no regulation and no accountability, only a profit motive.”

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