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Yet another round of cuts for Defence

Today’s reports of more job cuts at the Department of Defence will further erode capability, according to Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Gai Brodtmann.

Defence’s executive level workforce will be slashed by 10 per cent following the latest round of redundancies.

“Defence is set to lose 565 of Australia’s most highly skilled, highly specialised federal public servants, including project managers, engineers, scientists and IT professionals,” Ms Brodtmann said.

“Experienced public servants come from all over the country to work for Defence and they are vital to the success of our military operations and capability.

“These cuts will erode essential support in intelligence, and scientific and technical know-how.

“I’m particularly concerned about losing significant national security capability and a specialist skill set from the public sector.”

This latest round of cuts comes on top of the more than 2,400 Defence civilian jobs that have already been slashed by the Abbott/Turnbull Government.

Further job cuts could still be on the way, after the Secretary of the Department of Defence Dennis Richardson told Budget Estimates in June:

“We will be downsizing by another 1,000 or so over the course of the next 12 months”

Department of Defence Secretary Dennis Richardson – 1 June 2015

The Abbott/Turnbull Government is determined to make short sighted cuts at a time when Australia should be investing in critical Defence roles.

Losing such large numbers of staff could increase the risk of higher project costs and schedule overruns, as well as damage workplace morale.

The Abbott/Turnbull Government must explain how it plans to maintain capability after yet another round of job cuts.