Greens call on Gillard to guarantee public service jobs
"Tony Abbott should explain his plans to cut public spending."
With both the big parties pledging cutbacks, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today called on Prime Minister Gillard to guarantee public service jobs for Australians.
"The Prime Minister should make clear what the impact of the cutbacks she has announced will be," said Senator Brown. Ms Gillard has said she will implement "unpopular cutbacks."
"Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says he will cut 12,000 jobs out of the public service," Senator Brown said.
"Job cutbacks will lead to a decrease in the quality of services for the public - in health, general welfare and for the environment."
Australian Greens ACT Senate candidate Lin Hatfield-Dodds said: "I value public servants and the work they do. The demand for well-informed public policy doesn't reduce if jobs are cut - it increases the workload for existing public servants."
"The $7.5 billion lost from the budget forward estimates by Julia Gillard's backdown over the mineral resources tax directly threatens the ability of the government to finance the public service in the years ahead," Senator Brown added.
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