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BE HONEST TERRY! TELL US: HOW MANY?

Voters in the Northern Territory will choose a new Government this weekend, and in a tight election the spotlight has begun to focus on what plans the Liberal Country Party opposition has to cut public sector jobs.
In a similar pattern to New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, a long-term Labor Government is facing a strong challenge from a resurgent conservative opposition. 
 
Unions in the Top End are determined to avoid a repeat of what followed the change of governments in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland over the past two years. 
 
In each of those elections, Barry O’Farrell, Ted Baillieu and Campbell Newman all promised to defend public sector workers and the services they provide. 
 
These promises turned out to be lies. 
 
The NSW Government is shedding 15,000 jobs over four years; the Baillieu Government in Victoria will sack 5200 public sector workers; and Campbell Newman had barely moved into his new office before announcing that 20,000 public sector jobs would be cut, including forced redundancies. 
 
Opposition Leader Terry Mills needs to come clean with the community and particularly public servants before this weekend, on where and how many public sector jobs will be axed by the Country Liberal Party should they win government. 
 
Unless Terry Mills, Dave Tollner or others in the CLP quickly say otherwise, Territory public servants are entitled to ignore the campaign rhetoric and assume that over 3000 Territory worker’s jobs face the axe. 
 
Premier Campbell Newman lied to Queenslanders in the lead up to the recent election promising that their jobs and public services were safe under a Liberal National Party government.  Now 25,000 public servants are experiencing job cuts with possibly more axings, privatizations and outsourcing of community services to follow. 
 
NSW and Victorian Premiers Barry O’Farrell and Ted Ballieu have also lied slashing a further 25000 public sector jobs between them along with a huge range of community services also being abandoned or downgraded in those states which is affecting the whole community. 
 
NT public sector unions and their members demand real CLP answers and honesty over these issues which affect both workers and the broader community. 
 
How many jobs will Terry Mills cut, and from which departments? 
 
If Terry Mills has concerns about the performance of departments in the public service he needs to at least have the courage and decency to identify the number of people to be axed before next weekend’s polls. 
 
A ‘Protecting Public Sector Jobs’ rally is planned by Unions NT today at 12pm in Raintree Park Darwin to warn Territorians of the ramifications of electing a Country Liberal Party government. Unions and members will detail their concerns to protect jobs and valuable public services for the NT community. 
 
Alan ‘Hopper’ Paton is Secretary of Unions NT.

Published: 20 Aug 2012

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