ALP jumps on reports of further public sector job losses

QUEENSLAND Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said reports of further public sector sackings had made a mockery of the State Government's promise of no more job cuts.

Ms Palaszczuk said on Wednesday (Oct 23) there had been reports the Department of Environment and Heritage had shed 30 positions this week on top of 60 RoadTek workers who were given their marching orders yesterday.

"The centrepiece of the Newman Government's first state budget last year was its 14,000 job cuts, which the Opposition believes is now closer to 17,000 full-time-equivalent jobs," she said.

"Following that, the Premier made a commitment that there would be 'absolutely' no more public sector job cuts.

"I warn all other Australians to brace for similar tactics from the Abbott Government as it sets up its own version of the Costello Audit that has been driving mass sackings and cuts to frontline services in our state."

Earlier, Premier Campbell Newman told delegates at Local Government Association Queensland conference in Cairns that being lord mayor was "actually the best job I've ever had - better than this job."

Ms Palaszczuk seized on the opportunity calling for Mr Newman to step aside if his heart was not in it.

"If the Premier's heart is not in it, he should simply get out," she said.

"Move aside and let someone else take over the role.

"A half-hearted Premier means half-hearted decision-making which could explain the shoddy decisions we have seen lately in terms of new laws that risk being knocked over in court challenges," she said.

A spokesperson for Premier Campbell Newman said he was speaking to an audience of mayors and reflecting on the honour and privilege they have as champions of their local communities.

"The Premier has said time and time again how much he loved both his time as Lord Mayor and his job now serving all Queenslanders," he said.

"After years of Labor neglect, the LNP Government is delivering better services and infrastructure right throughout the state to create opportunities for all Queenslanders, no matter where they live."

Premier Newman has been on a week-long tour of regional areas that has seen him visit Emerald, Cairns and Ingham. He will also be visiting the Sunshine Coast later in the week.



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