To the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Human Services, HSV submitted the following points in response to the Preliminary Findings Report.

a) It did not display a balanced assimilation of available knowledge from Australia and overseas.

b) It showed inadequate responses to high-order expertise.

c) It demonstrated little economic sophistication about the experiment of human services quasi-markets or analytical incorporation of contemporary insights from market models from OECD and UN.

d) It appeared to reject the learning from pilot and patch programs recommended by the Harper CPR.

e) While it advocated reforms to give the consumers of services a greater say, there was inadequate consideration of how to empower disadvantaged consumers.

The above five concerns were expanded in more detail, resulting in a five-page submission. Grateful thanks to Kevin Bain for putting this extensive submission together.

Rosslyn Ives

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