More civilian job cuts not the answer

Labor’s Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Gai Brodtmann has called on Defence Minister Marise Payne to abandon plans for more civilian job cuts in the Department of Defence.

“The Abbott-Turnbull Government has already cut thousands of jobs in the Department of Defence,” Ms Brodtmann said.

“Now the White Paper spells out that over 1000 more positions may be axed.

“If these extra job cuts go ahead, it will mean nearly one in four civilian defence positions have gone.

“Labor is broadly supportive of the decision in the White Paper to increase ADF personnel numbers by 2,500, but this should not come at the cost of more civilian jobs.

“The Government’s own First Principles Review said that Defence has already had to replace sacked public servants with military personnel to ensure functions continue.

“This cycle of shifting positions from ADF to civilian to contractor has to end. It is disruptive and costly.

“Defence is home to some of the most highly skilled, highly qualified public servants in the country. The White Paper says ‘the quality of our people is the foundation of Defence’s capability, effectiveness and reputation.’

“Yet the Abbott-Turnbull Government continues to force these highly skilled civilians out the door.”


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