Today marks two weeks since the swearing in of the new Abbott Government, and Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann MP, says Canberra’s future remains uncertain.
“The Abbott Government has announced a raft of changes and cuts to the Australian Public Service, but so far we don’t know what these will mean for employees,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“Public servants want to know if they are at risk of losing their job, or if their job is going to be moved – across Canberra or interstate.
“In the lead up to the election Tony Abbott promised to move government departments out of Canberra. Canberrans want to know which departments are being moved, and to where?
“Canberra’s public servants are in a state of limbo at the moment, and they deserve some certainty.
Prior to the election, the Coalition committed to increasing the efficiency dividend by 0.25 per cent, cutting 12,000 – 20,000 public service jobs and moving thousands more out of Canberra.
Public service changes announced since the swearing in of the Abbott Government include abolishing the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport; integrating AusAID into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; abolishing the Major Cities and Social Inclusion units within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; and splitting the Department of Education and Workplace Relations.