Outsourcing the work of government, while private companies get fat on our money

Friday, 23 September 2022 - 10:00am to 10:30am

Jacques and Jennifer talk about the outsourcing of things that are traditionally done by government on the people's behalf. This has escalated over the last few decades with the neoliberal idea that the market does everything best. The consequences are corrosion of our democracy, and the incapacity of our government to respond to urgent issues of the day like pandemics, fires and floods. Meanwhile a few private consultancies grow fat on the public purse.


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Julianne Schultz 2022, 'How Morrison killed the public service', The Saturday Paper 12 February

Rosie Collington & Marlana Mazzucato 2022, Beyond outsourcing: Re-embedding the state in public value production

Rick Morton 2021, 'Government outsources aged care reform to management consultants', The Saturday paper, 27 November

Rick Morton 2021, 'How private managment consultants took over the public service', The Saturday Paper, 9 October

Friday 10:00am to 10:30am
Think Again offers weekly conversations and reflections about current events, trends and public pronouncements on contemporary and emerging issues. The show moves beyond what we read and hear via the public and ‘social’ media, to invite alternative possibilities to guide our thinking, living and organising.


Jennifer Borrell & Jacques Boulet