LABOR/GREENS ENGAGE IN BLATANT POLITICISATION OF PUBLIC SERVICE THROUGH PARLIAMENTARY AGREEMENT

The Barr Labor/Greens government needs to back away from using the public service to monitor and manage the highly political Labor/Greens coalition agreement, Leader of the Opposition Alistair Coe said today.

“Labor and the Greens have forced the Head of the ACT Public Service to provide a quarterly report on the progress of the agreement to both Labor and Greens MLAs. This agreement is a political agreement between the parties and it’s totally inappropriate for the public service to be expected and ordered to manage it,” Mr Coe said.

“Today in the Legislative Assembly I’ll be calling on the government not involve the public service in this agreement. The basic principle of an independent public service is being jeopardised.

“These sorts of parliamentary agreements have been deemed to be political in the past, and it’s unacceptable for the government to be going down this path.

“I look forward to Andrew Barr’s cooperation in ensuring the ACT Public Service doesn’t get lumped with political work, just so Labor and the Greens get what they want,” Mr Coe concluded.