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Government to axe 625 Defence jobs in New South Wales.



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ROGER PRICE MP Federal Member for Chifley

GOVERNMENT TO AXE 625 DEFENCE JOBS IN NEW SOUTH WALES

The Government has been preparing to sack 625 Defence employees and potentially close three Defence facilities in the State, as part of the outsourcing of stores and maintenance functions.

“This will have a significant impact on those employees, their families and the communities they live in”, Deputy Chair of the Defence sub-Committee and Federal Member for Chifley Roger Price MP said.

“This project is another example of the Government program to outsource Defence functions and sell assets with little regard to a cost benefit analysis or the impact on Defence capability”, Mr Price said.

In August the Government will award the ‘Defence Integrated Distribution System’ (DIDS) contract that will outsource Defence stores and maintenance services.

It is expected that the company taking over the contract will slash the number of positions employed and reduce the number of sites used.

The four facilities in New South Wales affected by the DIDS process are located at: • Moorebank in Western Sydney - 501 jobs • Nowra - 23 jobs • RAAF Richmond - 51 jobs • RAAF Williamtown - 50 jobs

While there are job targets in Nowra (13) and RAAF Williamtown (43) there is no guarantee on the remaining 569 jobs across New South Wales.

Ends 21 June 2002

Contact: Paul Sekhon on 9625 4344 or 0417 416 144.