Federal Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann is concerned about the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data, showing the ACT has lost seven percent of its public sector workforce in just one year.
The ABS data shows the ACT lost 7,200 federal jobs during 2013-14, coming as the steepest downturn in any state or territory in recorded history.
“For the ACT to lose seven percent of its public sector workforce in just one year is disastrous,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“It’s disastrous for those workers but also their families, who are just like other families around the country who are supporting kids, mortgages and car repayments.
“The Abbott Government has contempt for the public service – we saw what happened to Canberra in 1996 under John Howard.
“House prices plummeted, businesses closed down, bankruptcies went up and people left town.
“I’m concerned the Abbott Government has even deeper cost cuts planned for Canberra with the full implementation of the Commission of Audit report.”