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    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Right size public service reforms continue

    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    Right size public service reforms continue

    Queensland’s public servant numbers fell by more than 4400 full-time equivalents since the state election, as the Newman Government makes hard decisions to rein in Labor’s debt and get the state back on track.

    Premier Campbell Newman said the latest payroll figures compiled by the Public Service Commission showed there were 199,789 FTEs for the fortnight ending 27 July, an increase of 845 since the previous fortnight as casual teachers were re-employed after the school holidays.

    “As I have said before, it is impossible to give a completely accurate picture of the current size of the public service due to the shambolic state of the payroll and IT systems left by the former Labor Government,” he said.

    “The latest figures from the Public Service Commission demonstrate how the numbers can bounce around from fortnight to fortnight, but they also reveal that overall numbers have fallen by 4408 FTEs since the fortnight ending 6 April.”

    Mr Newman said the LNP Government was committed to a right size public service focussed on revitalising front line services.

    “The LNP Government wants to protect as many public sector jobs as possible, but the reality is the former Labor Government employed 20,000 more public servants than the people of Queensland can currently afford,” he said.

    “Labor has left the state $65 billion in debt and that debt will grow to $100 billion if nothing is done.

    “Queensland’s fastest growing expense is the interest bill on that debt and thanks to Labor, Queensland has to borrow to pay the wages bill for public servants.

    “Labor’s debt must be cut, or everyone will have to pay higher taxes and charges.

    “My Government has a plan to rebuild Queensland by growing a four pillar economy, lowering the cost of living by cutting waste, restoring accountability, revitalising front line services, and delivering better infrastructure and planning.

    “We’re taking the hard decisions now to return the Budget to surplus by 2014/15 and get the state back on track.”

    [ENDS] 27 July 2012

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