‘12,000 public servants will be sacked in 2 years’: Hockey

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‘12,000 public servants will be sacked in 2 years’: Hockey

Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has confirmed that a Coalition Government would cut 12,000 Canberra public servants jobs in its first two years — with the Department of Health seemingly first in the firing line.

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Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has confirmed that a Coalition Government would cut 12,000 Canberra public servants jobs in its first two years — with the Department of Health seemingly first in the firing line.

Hockey told the ABC’s Q&A program last night that the 12,000 job cuts would be ‘a starting point’.

He said Labor has increased the federal public service by 20,000 since it came to office.

‘We’ve said 12,000 public servants will be made redundant in the first two years, as a starting point,’ Hockey said.

Health Dept has ‘no doctors, nurses’
 
‘That is hard, but there are 6,000 public servants in the Department of Health with no patients, no doctors and no nurses.’

‘You can’t continue to live outside of your means.’

Hockey said there would be industrial relations reform under a Coalition Government.

He said Australia had the second highest minimum wage in the world but he did not think wages should come down.

Instead, the Coalition would look at improvements to productivity by increased participation in the workforce and the better utilisation of existing skills.

Hockey said the Coalition strenuously opposed the abolition of the ABCC, saying it was a ‘mistake’ and would hand more power to the construction unions.

He said Australia had some of the highest start-up costs for housing in the world.

WorkChoices ‘still dead’

Asked if the Coalition would bring back WorkChoices, Hockey said: ‘No, WorkChoices is dead.’

‘Industrial relations reform must be part of productivity,’ he said.
 
‘We have learned the lessons of WorkChoices.’

Hockey said the head of Toyota in Australia had said recently that the ‘inflexibility’ of Australia’s workplace relations system was costing jobs.
 
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