razor gang
The name applied to the Committee for Review of Commonwealth Functions, chaired by Treasurer Phillip Lynch in 1981, under the Fraser government of the time. Since then, the term has been applied to any similar committee or organisation that is seen to drastically slash expenditure, leading to cutting of public programs, extensive redeployment or threatened job losses.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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