Original article by Adam Creighton
The Australian – Page: 2 : 29-Jan-19
The Institute of Public Affairs has estimated that the direct cost of the federal government in 2016-17 was $8.1bn. Public sector wages accounted for the bulk of the cost of government, with the average weekly earnings of public servants being significantly higher than their peers in the private sector. The analysis also shows that government departments spend $585m on consultants’ fees in 2016-17, while international organisations received $440m of taxpayers’ money.
INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS LIMITED, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND, CANCER COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, RECONCILIATION AUSTRALIA, ETHNIC COMMUNITIES COUNCIL OF QUEENSLAND, BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL, AIDS COUNCIL OF NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF DEFENCE, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT