Canberra has been especially warned by Treasurer Wayne Swan to expect “pain” in his first budget, to be brought down in less than six weeks.
Neither Mr Swan nor acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard offered any comfort yesterday for tens of thousands of public servants who have been on notice for months of substantial job losses in the May 13 budget.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd threatened before the election to take a “meat axe” approach to public service waste, and has since repeated promises that there will be deep cuts.
May I suggest you write to Bob McMullan or Annette Ellis if you have any problems with this. Not that I think they will do anything.
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(I will add that Howard also cut the PS when he came to power, but over time, it simply grew back, which I expect will happen in this case.)