|Issue No 8||09 April 1999|
Costa Pushes Social Audit Plan
Labor Council secretary Michael Costa has been lobbying the new Carr Government to embrace his plan to conduct a social audit of the state.
Costa held several high-level meetings this week to promote the plan, which he says will provide a rational basis for allocating resources to areas of greatest need.
He has called on the government to appoint a high-profile figure such as former Social Security Minister Peter Baldwin to conduct the independent study into the needs of people across the state.
The audit would look at the distribution of health, education, community services and the provision of other government services to pinpoint areas where limited resources should be targetted.
"We clearly need to move services to the western suburbs and regional NSW," Costa says.
"The big question is how we do this in a rational and transparent way."
"A social audit such as the one I am proposing would provide the raw data that would provide justification for necessary decisions, which may be unpopular in the short term."
Costa says the idea is based on the financial audits conducted by the former Grenier Government when it cam to power.
"To me, this is the mechanism for creating the second-term agenda which many in the labour movement believe should be a priority for the Carr Government," Closta says.
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