Standing up for Canberra

Coalition MP’s comments confirm worst fears for Canberra

ACT Labor representatives Senator Kate Lundy, Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann and Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh have said comments made today by Coalition MP Ewen Jones confirm their worst fears for the future of Canberra under an Abbott Government.

Mr Jones, the Member for Herbert, said in today’s Townsville Bulletin that “the Coalition would focus job cuts on Canberra.”

Mr Jones made the comments in response to a CPSU report showing that over 400 federal public service jobs would be lost in Townsville under an Abbott Government. He said the report was “absolute rubbish” and that the Coalition would cut the 12,000 jobs in Canberra.

The three ACT Labor representatives have long feared that Canberra would bear the brunt of the Coalition’s planned cuts of at least 12,000 public service jobs. In 1996, when the newly elected Howard Government cut over 30,000 public service jobs, half were Canberra-based.

Mr Jones’ comments today suggest that Canberra will be home to significantly more than half of Mr Abbott’s planned cuts, confirming the Coalition’s disdain for our city.

In contrast, Federal Labor’s track record of investment in Canberra shows our confidence in the city. Federal Labor believes a strong public service is vital for a strong Canberra economy.

The Labor representatives called on Zed Seselja to confirm where the Coalition’s job cuts will come from ahead of Saturday’s election.