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Internal Affairs Bites Back At NBR

Published: Fri 13 Aug 1999 02:18 PM
“An article in this morning’s NBR is a very mischievous piece of writing
highlighting only the lighter aspects of a serious departmental restructuring
programme,” Secretary for Internal Affairs Dr Roger Blakeley said.
“The article contains inaccuracies, is biased and selective and is a lot of old
news. It ignores the positives from the Department’s change programme and
confuses change programme activities with staff Social Club activities.”
“The change restructuring programme was carried out within the Department’s
baseline funding approved by Government. Not only was it carried out within
existing budgets but it resulted in a $749,000 permanent reduction in the annual
baseline line funding of the Department. This means that savings from the
programme are being returned to the Government on a permanent on-going basis.”
“There are many other benefits from the programme for example enhanced services
to the public, better business performance and improved systems within the
Department.”

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