Public Sector Job Cuts

My letter to the Canberra Times today (with an apt heading):

Libs vow to decimate PS


Several commentators in The Canberra Times have recently argued that Labor is ''driving down the road'' towards the Liberals' promised public service job cuts.

This misses the fact that the Liberals' policy is to cut between 12,000 and 20,000 public service jobs at the point when they are elected.

The Liberals will not undo the efficiency dividend or our targeted reduction in EL/SES positions. Their cuts will come on top of our recent decisions, not instead of them.

A vote for the Liberals on September 7 is a vote for 12,000-20,000 fewer public servants. For Canberra, that means higher unemployment, more bankruptcies, and lower house prices.

Andrew Leigh, federal member for Fraser

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