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Coalition plan for inhuman services

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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR KIM CARR Minister for Human Services


Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services Kevin Andrews confirmed today the Coalition plan to transfer responsibility for Commonwealth service delivery to empty State Government offices.

Minister for Human Services Senator Kim Carr said the Coalition has called for a return to the era of buck-passing and disregard for the welfare of Australian citizens.

“With the Liberal premiers taking the axe to thousands of public servants, how can Australians have any confidence in the capacity of the States to take on Commonwealth responsibilities?”

“When asked how cuts to the State public services would affect this plan Kevin Andrews said ‘well that’s a matter for the States’. That is simply not good enough.”

Senator Kim Carr said he had already received reports from Commonwealth Department of Human Services staff on the frontline about the impact on services due to planned State Government cuts, especially in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

“Premier Baillieu has slashed 3,600 staff; Premier Neumann has slashed 7,000; and Jeff Kennett has urged all Liberal leaders to make ‘savage cuts’ to public sector spending.

“I am already receiving reports of serious concerns that people in need will miss out on services. There are concerns people will not be able to travel far enough to receive the help they need as services close down.”

“When Liberals come to power their instinct is to cut. It is always the most vulnerable who suffer when public services are sacrificed.”

Media contacts: Minister Carr’s Office, 02 6277 7200