A secret cost-cutting committee set up by Premier Campbell Newman has recommended the Queensland government begin outsourcing its services to the Philippines.
Speaking on the terms of anonymity, the head of the committee said that overseas outsourcing could quickly return the ailing Queensland budget to the black.
“The banks have shown that sending jobs offshore saves millions of dollars each year,” said the official. “It makes economic sense for the Queensland government to pursue the same course of action too.”
The first services likely to be outsourced are the electoral offices of state government MPs.
“Electoral offices receive a lot of telephone complaints. There’s no reason why these calls can’t be handled by a call centre in the Philippines. Wages are much cheaper over there and you don’t need a lot of training to tell somebody: Mate, it’s the Labor party’s fault.”
The move offshore would also generate savings beyond financial ones.
“With their electoral offices overseas, state MPs won’t have the inconvenience of attending them each week. Instead they can spend more time passing laws. If they need to, MPs can always make trips to the Philippines to get first hand knowledge of what the people of Queensland are saying.”
Other services ripe for outsourcing include the Electoral Commission and the State Opposition.
The committee official stressed that the outsourcing plan, if accepted by the government, should not be seen as taking jobs from Queenslanders.
“There is nothing stopping jobless Queenslanders from going to the Philippines to work. As the Federal government has proved with its live dole export program, there are plenty of jobs out there if people are willing to get off their butt and travel.”
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