Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Gai Brodtmann has expressed serious concern following reports that the First Principles Review will recommend a further 1500 job losses within the Department of Defence.
“The Abbott Government has already slashed a massive 2,406 civilian Defence jobs in the Budget, now we’re looking at up to another 1500 job losses over 18 months,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“Defence employs some of the most highly skilled, highly specialised public servants in the country. These job cuts will erode essential support in intelligence, and scientific and technical expertise.
“Many of these civilians are ex ADF members whose experience and expertise we gave retained this way. Many are also spouses of ADF members who lose other job opportunities by being constantly moved around the country.”
“Defence is an integrated workforce. Civilian Defence staff are critical to the frontline operations of the ADF, providing high level technical skills.
“This large number of civilian job losses will be felt by the entire ADF.
“The Abbott Government must give serious consideration to what these job cuts might mean for the future capability of our Defence Force, and rethink its approach.”