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12,000 Commonwealth jobs to go under Abbott

By Barcham 17 May 2013 106

Tony Abbott reaffirmed his previous promise to remove 12,000 jobs from the public service during his budget reply speech if elected.

That is a lot of unemployed Canberrans.

The recommitment to slash public service positions comes just one night after Treasurer Wayne Swan allayed fears of mass redundancies by announcing that only around 1200 positions would not be replaced, a move that has transferred the unpopular burden of sackings squarely to the Coalition.

“We’ve announced that we’ll reduce by at least 12,000, through natural attrition, the size of the Commonwealth public sector that’s now 20,000 bureaucrats bigger than in 2007,” Mr Abbott told Parliament.

After substantial scene-setting and backgrounding that resulted in warnings from the federal branch of the Community and Public Sector Union that redundancies were a retrograde step, public servants have seen the dreaded efficiency dividend – a budget cut that must be extracted from existing resources – scaled back from 4 per cent in 2012-13 to 1.4 per cent in 2013-14.

While this will upset a great many people here in the ACT, at least you won’t have to worry about pay parking the the parliamentary triangle anymore.

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dungfungus 4:27 pm 03 Jun 13

EvanJames said :

Macro business have picked up on Hockey’s comment reported in the CT recently: buy liberal, sell labor. And the time to sell is NOW.

The decline in building approvals rot set in 2 years ago but I guess with a hung parliament, anything can happen and this is not good for business confidence.
On the other hand, with real estate in Canberra “there has never been a better time to buy” (if you listen to some of the spruikers).

Diggety 4:00 pm 03 Jun 13

The good news is, public servants have ample time to look for another job. Still over 3 months till the election.

EvanJames 2:46 pm 03 Jun 13

Macro business have picked up on Hockey’s comment reported in the CT recently: buy liberal, sell labor. And the time to sell is NOW.

Holden Caulfield 1:03 pm 03 Jun 13

12,000 APS employees = politically expendable

1200 quasi-government employees making a car nobody wants to buy, signed off by bosses of a multi-billion dollar company in a faraway land = must be saved at all costs

HiddenDragon 12:12 pm 03 Jun 13

This announcement – while very good news for Geelong – will only add to Canberra’s problems, as some jobs will presumably relocate to Geelong, and others which might have been created here will not:

HiddenDragon 11:03 pm 21 May 13

EvanJames said :

Did anyone see this article in the Fin today?

They’re not speculating about the Coalition planning to outsource government IT to Indian companies, they’ve got it from people inside those companies, who are being sounded out by Coalition members. It’s quite a meaty bit of analysis, evidently prompted by info from Tata et al, who expect great things after the election.

“Local leaders of IT companies and industry experts have told The Australian Financial Review that an understanding has emerged between the Coalition and industry that outsourcing will increase markedly under its rule. However, no formal commitments or policies have been put in place.”

Interesting times.

The CPSU is going to be very, very busy.


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