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Lundy’s fear of Tony Abbott

By johnboy 15 February 2013 31

Labor Senator Kate Lundy is banging the drum as to what a Liberal government could do to Canberra:

Tony Abbott has once again confirmed his plans to cut the federal public service – meaning 20,000 people would lose their jobs.

The policy if fully implemented would put 18 per cent of the city’s commonwealth workers out of work and wipe out about 6 per cent of Canberra’s jobs.

The Liberals’ ‘positive plans for the future’ will impact thousands of public servants and their families, many of whom have young children and mortgages to manage.

Recently Tony Abbott said he will compulsorily relocate public servants to the most remote parts of the country to find work. And just yesterday, Barnaby Joyce signalled his intent in Senate Estimates to move the Department of Regional Australia to Tasmania.

But if you’re not moved north, and you’re not moved south, then there’s a very good chance your job could go under a Coalition government. That means 20,000 public servants working in our federal departments in areas like health, education and disability services will face the chop.


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OLydia 12:03 pm 17 Feb 13

loosebrown said :

Abbot has said he will do it by ‘natural attrition’. Which is exactly what is happening now. So what does Lundy say about that? Sick of both of them.

Very little “natural attrition” occurring in my department. About 50% of the staff that have left were given VRs. Most of the others were contract staff who’s contracts were never extended. We are still above our staffing target. Recruitment is at a trickle (except for the graduate program), 99% of vacancies aren’t being advertised and are left unfilled. Discretionary spending has been slashed to 0 but we are still over budget. More staff will be offered VRs.

Natural attrition works only when there are places for “excess” workers to go. Options are limited in the current environment so people aren’t leaving unless they are pushed.

Thumper 7:43 pm 16 Feb 13

loosebrown said :

Abbot has said he will do it by ‘natural attrition’. Which is exactly what is happening now. So what does Lundy say about that? Sick of both of them.

Nope, we have the ‘efficency dividend’.

loosebrown 6:34 pm 16 Feb 13

Abbot has said he will do it by ‘natural attrition’. Which is exactly what is happening now. So what does Lundy say about that? Sick of both of them.

rosscoact 2:06 pm 16 Feb 13

bd84 said :

Let the fear campaign begin. Good to see the usual fools jumping up and down stating that entire departments will get the sack and Canberra will become a ghost town, with no evidence of this.

Labor will run the same campaign no matter how many jobs may happen to go, despite the fact they themselves have forced departments to make thousands redundant or not backfilling.

A restructure and reorganisation when a new government comes in is inevitable, no matter which party is. There are areas of government that have far too many people for the work (and many of the opposite). I would be more concerned if governments never went through the process of forcing their departments to review their operations and make the unnecessary redundant. They’re no different to any private organisation really.

This shouldn’t be an election issue whatsoever. They need to get on with focusing on more relevant issues.

Well, it won’t take long to find out one way or the other will it?

Thumper 1:26 pm 16 Feb 13

Jethro said :

G.R.R said :

Is no-one taking drugs in sports today!? Surely there’s a press conference smearing everyone in sport somewhere she can attend!

Exactly right. Everyone know the PM convinced the Australian Crime Commission to fraudulently accuse the NRL and AFL (and specific teams within these competitions) of drug cheating,match fixing and links with organised crime in order to help the ALP in the opinion polls.

/end sarc

Actually, now you put it that way… 😉

bd84 1:18 pm 16 Feb 13

Let the fear campaign begin. Good to see the usual fools jumping up and down stating that entire departments will get the sack and Canberra will become a ghost town, with no evidence of this.

Labor will run the same campaign no matter how many jobs may happen to go, despite the fact they themselves have forced departments to make thousands redundant or not backfilling.

A restructure and reorganisation when a new government comes in is inevitable, no matter which party is. There are areas of government that have far too many people for the work (and many of the opposite). I would be more concerned if governments never went through the process of forcing their departments to review their operations and make the unnecessary redundant. They’re no different to any private organisation really.

This shouldn’t be an election issue whatsoever. They need to get on with focusing on more relevant issues.

drfelonious 8:00 am 16 Feb 13

Just be patient – eventually the Liberals will get excited about an actual policy or two once they get over the knee jerk reaction to govt and satisfy the APS cutting bloodlust of their supporters.

Once they decide on some policies just watch as they start hiring APS again with gay abandon – just like the Howard years (and the Fraser years).. Indeed it seems to me that there was never more rapid growth of the APS than in the latter years of PM Howard.

gentoopenguin 7:50 am 16 Feb 13

Wah wah wah, beating up on the PS is a much cherished political football. Plays well with the punters out in suburban Syd/Melb. If Abbott could only find an occurence of a refugee sitting in a cushy PS job he’d have electoral gold!!

rosscoact 7:46 am 16 Feb 13

Lets face it. The mad monk will cut entire departments and send Canberra into a 1996 style recession. In fact he must to prove to the rest of the country that he’s a strong man. Oh, and it’s their policy. Climate change will go because the Trogs don’t think it exists or if it exists then there’s nothing we can do about it.
SEWPAC will be severely cut and duties devolved to States, turning the boats back or whatever cruel thing they’ll do will cut IMMI.

The vast majority of the cuts will be in the ACT and Gary will weep for our future (but really, really, quietly). Unfortunately, teaching the smug public servants a lesson plays very well in tabloid land and no concern will be voiced anywhere except here, and we don’t matter.

The only question is how long and how deep will this recession be.

Given the retail and office commercial market has been declining for a couple of years and the industrial market is flat, all that’s left is residential. Residential is oversupplied and yet the ACT trying to bring down the deficit with more land releases. 12,000 people out of work in the ACT will account for about 3 years of land releases, three years worth of construction jobs etc.

It will take at least a couple of years before they are all hired back again to build dams or towers of babel or whatever they intend to do.

So, if you live in the ACT, no matter where you are employed, you should be concerned.

Jethro 12:45 am 16 Feb 13

G.R.R said :

Is no-one taking drugs in sports today!? Surely there’s a press conference smearing everyone in sport somewhere she can attend!

Exactly right. Everyone know the PM convinced the Australian Crime Commission to fraudulently accuse the NRL and AFL (and specific teams within these competitions) of drug cheating,match fixing and links with organised crime in order to help the ALP in the opinion polls.

/end sarc

justin heywood 10:42 pm 15 Feb 13

gungsuperstar said :

justin heywood said :

Jeez Louise. Ranting about the other team’s manipulation of figures and exaggerated claims would look a lot more convincing if you weren’t doing so much of it yourself.

Well rather than being so parochial as to say “I’m right, you’re wrong” – tell me what you have a problem with. I can provide a source for all that.

Sure you can. With lots of references to draft reports, media speculation and wishful interpretation of off-the-cuff comments. All of it means nothing this far away from forming government.

This idea that the sky will fall when/if Abbott is elected is ludicrous. I don’t think he’s prime ministerial material (I’m hoping for a Turnbull coup). But then nobody but the most rusted-on labor luvvie can argue that Gillard and Swan are anything other than hopelessly incompetent.

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