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Australia Post bidding for Centrelink services



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

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AUSTRALIA POST BIDDING FOR CENTRELINK SERVICES

Revelations at Senate Estimates that Australia Post has been encouraged by the Abbott Government to make a submission to the Commission of Audit to carry out Centrelink work shows how advanced the government’s privatisation plans are, Shadow Human Services Minister, Senator Doug Cameron said today.

Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour - after conceding he was surprised at the Government’s privatisation plans - admitted that his relevant Ministers had given the green light for Australia Post to bid for Centrelink services.

“The Opposition is opposed to this experiment of outsourcing government services for Australian families and pensioners,” said Senator Cameron.

“Centrelink has demonstrated capabilities and skills and these plans from the Abbott Government will jeopardise the delivery of services to some of the most vulnerable Australians.

“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.

“Gutting Centrelink puts all of these payments and services on the chopping block and jeopardises thousands of skilled frontline jobs.

“The Coalition needs 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?

“The political interference in Australia Post by the Abbott government demonstrates that ideology has trumped common sense.

“This will end in tears and no government business should simply accede to political pressure at the expense of its customer base.”

TUESDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 2013

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