Government services reviewed

By Staff Writer

New South Wales is the worst state for hospital mishaps and system failures, Queensland spends less per person on its police service than other states and territories, while Victoria has the slowest and most expensive justice system in the nation.

They are just some of the findings of the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services, produced by a steering committee of senior government officials and COAG representatives.

Productivity Commission chairman Gary Banks said the report promoted open and informed debate about the performance of government services across the country.

“The information in this report is important to us all – everyone relies on government services at different stages of their lives,” Mr Banks said.

“It is also important economically. Governments spend more than $136 billion on the services covered in this year’s report, equivalent to around 13 per cent of Australia’s national income.”

To access the report visit www.pc.gov.au

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