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Frontline services face Coalition cuts



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SENATOR DOUG CAMERON SHADOW MINISTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

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FRONTLINE SERVICES FACE COALITION CUTS

Essential frontline services relied on by millions of Australians are on the chopping block under Joe Hockey’s latest plan to outsource the government.

Mr Hockey has confirmed today he is considering selling off Centrelink’s frontline services to Australia Post - which is also slated for privatisation.

Millions of families, pensioners and job seekers rely on Centrelink every week - to receive family and pension payments, claim Medicare benefits and access employment and training opportunities.

Centrelink has also played a vital role during the recent bushfires in New South Wales, helping affected residents access payments and services in a timely manner.

Selling off Centrelink puts all of these payments and services on the chopping block and jeopardises thousands of frontline jobs.

Barely a day goes by without Joe Hockey putting another essential government service up for sale as part of his Commission of Cuts.

If the Treasurer sees fit to start ruling things in for his Commission of Cuts to consider, he should be able to rule things out - like pensions, family payments, health, education and jobs.

The Coalition need to stop hiding behind their Commission of Cuts and be upfront with Australians about where the axe will fall. How many jobs will go? What payments and services will they cut?

SYDNEY MONDAY 28 OCTOBER, 2013

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