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Thursday, 1 March 2012

O'Farrell's failure to heed Auditor-General's financial warnings puts state services at risk

Barry O'Farrell

Media release: 29 February 2012

Despite repeated warnings of massive errors in financial reporting by NSW agencies, the O'Farrell government has failed to act, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Dr Kaye said: "After countless government reviews and over 11 months into the Coalition's term, the Auditor-General is still frustrated by the lack of solid progress on the accountability of NSW government agencies.

"Mr O'Farrell has spent a good deal of his time in office attacking the public sector but he has not been willing to ensure that government agencies meet financial reporting deadlines.

"Mr O'Farrell's obsession with small government has resulted in chaos for agencies and departments struggling to meet accountability requirements.

"The Auditor-General's recommendation that Treasury and Department of Premier and Cabinet take a lead role in the restructuring and amalgamations process was ignored by the O'Farrell government. Advance notice was not given and agencies have been playing catch up ever since.

"A tally of errors of over $20 million is an indictment of the O'Farrell government's hasty and ill-considered public sector restructure.

"The Premier should be doing everything he can to ensure that agencies and departments are given all the assistance necessary to be able to respond to the Auditor-General's recommendations.

"Mr O'Farrell can't blame Labor for this mess. Today's report is the second warning yet there is still no commitment to cleaning up this mess," Dr Kaye said.

For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455

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