Liberal Senator Gary Humphries is wailing and gnashing his teeth over speculation that 500 jobs might go from Centrelink.
“Before the election, Labor pledged there would be no public service job cuts, however it would seem that Canberra is once again in the firing line as a result of Labor’s fiscal ineptitude,” Senator Gary Humphries said today.
“Coupled with the announcement earlier this week that 80 jobs would be cut from ASIC it’s clear that the knives are already being sharpened in the Finance Minister’s office, who has refused to rule out job cuts in the past.
“This Government has demonstrated it has no interest in the people of Canberra and comes on the back of continual funding cuts to our national institutions. This is a Government that had to be dragged kicking and screaming to support essential funding for the Australian War Memorial.
“The Coalition was up front and honest about its commitments before the election and made clear that no public servant would lose their job despite reducing the size of the service overall.
So to our many public service readers I ask this. Look around your open plan office right now.
Is there *really* no one your gaze falls upon who you could not manage without?