Public Sector Job cuts

What they promised

I make it very clear that there are no cuts, proposed or planned, for staffing within the public sector—none at all

- Colin Barnett Hansard 27/9/2012

What they say now

In September last year there were no plans. We have, however, subsequent to the election, made the decision to proceed with this voluntary package and that is what we are doing.

- Colin Barnett Parliament 13/6/13

31 Jul 2013 - Over 1000 public sector jobs to be abolished despite earlier assurances by the Premier that there were no cuts, proposed or planned.

In 2012 questions were raised in Parliament by the Leader of the Opposition Mark McGowan about the Barnett Governments intention to abolish public sector jobs.  The questions were asked following comments by the Premier to the media about the need for further belt tightening across government. 

In response to the question the Premier stated:

"I make it very clear that there are no cuts, proposed or planned for staffing within the public sector - none at all." - Hansard

During the election campaign the Barnett Government released a policy 'The Liberals Public Sector Management Policy' which outlined their position on a range of matters in relation to the public sector.  Contained in this policy was a commitment to retain a cap on the current size of the public sector indicating that they would maintain this position while the tight financial circumstances continued in WA. - Page 10 Liberal Party Policy

On the 13 June 2103 the Barnett Government announced their intention to abolish in excess of 1000 public sector positions. This announcement also outlined their plans to introduce involuntary redundancies into the sector. 

In answer to questions in Parliament later that day The Premier Colin Barnett made the following statement:

"Yes, I made that statement in September to which the Leader of the Opposition referred.  In September last year there were no plans.  We have, however, subsequent to the election, made the decision to proceed with this voluntary package and that is what we are doing." - Hansard


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