THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION.
STARTLING REVELATIONS. The Times’ special correspondent telegraphed as follows on Tuesday : The report of the Civil Service Commission, which will be laid on the table of the House shortly, is of a most damaging and sweeping character. The Commissioners commence by saying that they have not yet had time thoroughly to investigate the whole subject, but that it is necessary that reforms should be immediately instituted they consider it advisable that they should make what is practically an interim report as early in the session as possible. They further say that they have been unable to deal exhaustively with all the Departments of the Civil Service, and confine their report chiefly to the Public Works and Survey Departments. Speaking of the Civil Service generally they point out that close upon 11,000 persons, or nearly one-eighth of the adult male population of the colony are in Government employ, and recommend the extensive cutting down of numbers and the reduction of all salaries by 12| per cent. The principal portion of the report refers to the Railway Department in which they say there has been frightful waste and extravagance, more especially in the Middle Island, where they assert there has also been gross mismanagement. In support they instance that too many kinds of engines are in use, and that immense quantities of valuable stores have been and are going to destruction for want of protection from weather, etc. They point out the fact that had the supplying of the stores been thrown open to competition by calling for tenders, a great saving would have been effected; and they comment severely upon what they allege t 0 have discovered, namely, that Mr. Con. yers holds an interest in a firm which re. ceives large orders from the Government. Mr. Lawson, Commissioner of Railways in the North Island, is also made th e subject of adverse comment. Amongst the specific charges of mismanagement the Commissioners state that in Nelso n one railway manager is getting a mostdi s . proportionately high salary on a line o n : which ouly two trains run daily. In th e Engineering department of the railways they say there is no consistency or general J agreement. The report is very severe o n i the fact that the Railway Department had 1 for some years back taken credit to itsel f I i
for a saving r. ; the rate of L 5 per ton on iron in the manufacture of points, &c., in the colony, this calculation being based upon the price of iron when at its cheapest years ago, while the fact is that, at the market price of iron during late years, the work has actually been done at a loss of L 5 per ton. They condemn the unnecessary cost of the lines of the Survey Department, and indicate mismanagement in the fact that owing to bad surveys in the first instance, large blocks of country have had to be re-surveyed. The report also recommends the reduction of travelling allowances to all servants of the Government. The recommendations of the Commission are altogether very sweeping, and will take the House by surprise when the report is tabled.
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THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 115, 19 June 1880
THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 115, 19 June 1880
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