In Senate Estimate Hearings this morning, Senator Lundy was once again caught trying to hide the 14,500 public service job cuts the former Labor Government put in train over the last two years.
Last night in the Senate Committee on Finance and Public Administration, Senator Lundy alleged that the 14,500 Labor Government public service job cuts that were revealed in the November 2013 Estimates Hearings were “not verified.” However, the Secretary of the Department of Finance, Mr David Tune, appeared before the committee this morning and again outlined the three decisions made by Labor that will result in 14,500 public service jobs being cut.
Mr Tune confirmed that 846 positions were lost through Labor’s ‘more efficient management’ policy put in place in the 2013 / 14 Federal Budget and 2013 Economic Statement (released just prior to the election). Furthermore that the additional 2.5 percent efficiency dividend announced in the 2013 Economic Statement will result in 4808 jobs being lost. Mr Tune also confirmed that modelling (signed off by himself) regarding a range of decisions in the 2013/ 14 Federal Budget including termination of programs, will result in a further 8800 jobs being cut.
“It is clear today that Senator Lundy not only hid these job cuts from the community prior to the election but is continuing to mislead even today about the decisions she made as a cabinet minister,” stated Senator Zed Seselja.
Senator Lundy was present at the hearing this morning and offered no objection when Mr Tune confirmed the job cuts.
“Senator Lundy and her Labor colleagues ran an election campaign against public service job cuts while continuing to cut jobs behind Canberrans’ backs. Senator Lundy needs to start being honest to the people of Canberra about the jobs she cut,” concluded Senator Seselja.