Senator Humphries says that while Labor Finance Minister Penny Wong refused to rule out involuntary redundancies, another Labor Senator, Kate Lundy, said there would be no forced redundancies.
“The best Senator Wong could come up with was a ‘strong expectation’ that there would be no forced redundancies. But on the ABC Drive program yesterday afternoon, I heard Senator Lundy say that ‘there will be no forced redundancies in staff’.
“It’s incredibly duplicitous that Labor won’t say where the cuts will come from. Do Canberrans honestly believe that you can cut $1.5 billion from the public service by engaging fewer consultants and flying a little less?
“Senator Wong and Senator Lundy can’t have it both ways. Will there be sackings or won’t there?” Senator Humphries concluded.