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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Office of Environment job losses another attack on science by O'Farrell government - Greens

Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2012, Subject: [Greens-Media]

Greens MP and environment spokeswoman Cate Faehrmann says slashing 350 so-called 'back office' jobs in the Office of Environment and Heritage will undermine responsible science based policy development and is yet another indication of just how anti-science the O'Farrell government has become.

"Gutting professional staff like this once again shows this Government's contempt for science based environmental policy," said Ms Faehrmann.

Cate Faehrmannn (second from left) in Doubleduke Forest

"Environment Minister Robyn Parker is trying to dress this outright attack on environmental protection as restructuring to meet the needs of the OEH 'customers'. Howeverwhen it comes to a public service like OEH, it is precisely these 'back office' staff who undertake scientific research and policy development," Ms Faehrmann said.

"The OEH is being hit with job cuts at the same time as they are being hit with the extra responsibility of babysitting amateur hunters following the Premier's deal with the Shooters Party.

"The Minister is pretending that the job losses will improve the public's access to National Parks. This is absolute rubbish. The job losses will damage service delivery right across the department to the detriment of the community and, unfortunately most of all, the environment," said Ms Faehrmann.

Media contact: Nicola Beynon 0416 843 131

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