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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Public services sacrificed to O'Farrell's budget surplus obsession

Media release: 8 June 2012

Not content with slashing public sector wages and conditions and introducing punitive measures designed to undermine the union movement in NSW, the O'Farrell government is now preparing to cut a further 10,000 jobs.

Greens NSW MP and Treasury spokesperson John Kaye said: "The Coalition's first budget that cut 5000 jobs from the public sector was a lesson in short term thinking.

"In its second budget the O'Farrell government is sticking to the same tired line about the importance of bringing the budget back to surplus but with double the pain for workers and the community.

"The major parties are obsessed with cutting the so-called "back-office" workforce.

"Just because these workers are not on the front line, does not mean that their work is any less valuable to the community.

"Teachers, nurses and police rely on clerical and administrative staff to do their job more effectively.

"Cutting 10,000 jobs will inevitably mean deterioration in the quality of the public services that the community depends on.

"Reports that TAFE teachers will not be protected from front line job cuts is yet another example of the Coalition's short term thinking.

"The O'Farrell government is prepared to sacrifice TAFE on the AAA credit rating altar, despite the long term economic and social benefits that it provides.

"The Coalition's obsession with bringing the budget back to surplus might score them short term political points with Standard and Poore and the NSW Business Chamber.

"However, it will be deeply unpopular with NSW voters when the job cuts start to impact on the quality of public service delivery to the community

"This is not the time to be cutting the budget. To secure the long term economic future of the state, NSW should be investing more in public services not less," Dr Kaye said.

For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455

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