Australian State Wants To Slash Red Tape

Victoria has big plans to streamline and privatize, which might (hint, hint) be something others should consider


A SECRET audit commission report calls for a revolution in the way government services are delivered, with charities and private businesses taking responsibility from bureaucrats.

The report to the Victorian government details budget savings of at least 2 1/2 times the size of the $2.2 billion Ted Baillieu's Coalition has so far announced to stabilise the state's finances.

Conservative governments in Victoria, NSW and Queensland have all appointed audit commissions to advise on budget savings, while Tony Abbott has promised that a federal Coalition government would conduct such a review as one of its first steps.