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Zed Seselja's smoke and mirrors cannot hide that the Coalition is abandoning natural attrition



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ZED SESELJA’S SMOKE AND MIRRORS CANNOT HIDE THAT THE COALITION IS ABANDONING NATURAL ATTRITION

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 @ 1:19PM

Senator Zed Seselja’s misguided claim that the Labor Party did not disclose a plan to cut 14,500 jobs from the Australian Public Service is nothing more than a desperate attempt to cover up the fact that the Coalition never intended to deliver their staffing reductions through natural attrition.

The Labor Government was consistently clear that savings in public sector spending would be achieved through sensible efficiency dividends to departmental spending - with limited job losses used as a last resort.

This stands in stark contrast to the Coalition’s plan to arbitrarily cull 12,000 jobs from the public service.

The Abbott Government’s promise to reduce the public service by 12,000 positions through natural attrition was yesterday exposed as both fanciful and impossible.

During Senate Estimates yesterday, Parliamentary Budget Officer Phil Bowen revealed that the Coalition was warned before taking government that reducing the public service by 12,000 through natural attrition would require a “very tight” hiring freeze - yet we know that attrition rate has slowed to a trickle since the Coalition took government.

Given that the Coalition’s 12,000 job cuts come on top of the efficiency dividend, Senator Seselja’s repeated promise that the public service would only be reduced through natural attrition is now broken.

Kate Lundy