Barry O’Farrell criticised for Office of Environment move
From the 24th of February, the Office of Environment and Heritage will become a public service agency and will no longer be considered within the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
When Barry O’Farrell abolished the Department of Environment in 2011 and created an “office” under his direct supervision he said it would elevate environmental issues. Sean Nicholls, the Sydney Morning Herald State Political Editor discusses how this claim has “come back to bite the government”. It is not only the opposition who regard this move as a downgrade.
The move is part of wider reforms to modernise the public sector and has been specifically designed to allow individual agencies to employ their own staff. The government argues that as it is still under the Premier and cabinet “cluster” and that it still has the same importance.
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