Canberra’s Labor Representatives are voicing concerns about Coalition plans to lose 6,000 public servants by June 2014, or one every single hour.
The APS will be reduced by 6,000 staff in the nine months to June 2014. That’s one public service job lost every single hour until the end of the financial year. A further 6,000 jobs will go in the two years after that.
Four agencies are exempt from the cuts – Australian Customs, Australian Federal Police, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and Australian Secret Intelligence Service. Only serving military and reservists are exempt in Defence.
“This confirms that thousands of public servants in the Defence Department in Canberra face uncertainty,” said Gai Brodtmann.
“We now know where the cuts won’t come from, but we don’t know yet where they will come from, how they will be delivered and what impact they will have on frontline services” she added.