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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    LNP to “right size” public service puts teachers, nurses, doctors at risk again

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Friday, August 26, 2016

    LNP to “right size” public service puts teachers, nurses, doctors at risk again

    The LNP has recommitted to cut jobs across Queensland with a renewed push to “right size” the public service, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

    “My Government has been restoring frontline services cut by Tim Nicholls in Government when he last ‘right-sized’ the public service. Now Tim Nicholls is vowing to cut them again,” the Premier said.

    “If Tim Nicholls and the LNP believe there are too many government workers, where are there too many? What schools have too many teachers? What hospitals have too many doctors and nurses?”

    As Treasurer in the Newman Government, Mr Nicholls said the “right size” for the public service was 4.1% of the Queensland population – as it was in the year 2000.

    “To achieve this, Tim Nicholls cut 14,000 government workers in his first Budget,” the Premier said.

    “If Mr Nicholls applied the same ‘year 2000’ formula today, he would have to sack more than 10,000 government workers.  Mr Nicholls has done it before and today he has shown that he’s prepared to do it again.

    Ms Palaszczuk said in 2015-16, the Government employed 1940 extra nurses, 651 extra doctors, 479 extra health professionals, 940 extra teachers and teacher aides, 300 extra police, 54 extra paramedics and 44 extra firefighting staff.

    “These are hard-working Queenslanders performing important jobs in our communities,” she said.

    “Employing more teachers reduces class sizes and increases one-on-one time for students with their teacher.  More nurses and doctors improves services for the sick and injured in our hospitals.”

    Speaking from far north Queensland, an additional 99 FTE nursing positions, 40 health practitioners, 37 teachers and teacher aides, 35 doctors and 22 police were employed in the Cairns region in the March quarter this year.

     

    Background: Newman press release, July 16 2012:

    Mr Newman said the LNP Government was committed to a right size public service..

     

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