New figures show Queensland’s public service is continuing to shrink, despite the government already reaching its target to shed 14,000 jobs.
Full-time public service jobs are being axed at a rate of eight a day, despite the Queensland government reaching its 14,000 target.
The Public Service Commission has released its workforce snapshot for the December quarter, revealing 721 full-time positions were lost.
However, the number of individuals employed, including part timers and casuals, reduced by 1029.
Since the Newman government came to power, 14,135 full-time positions have been lost, however, the total head count has been reduced by 15,414, the commission’s data shows.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was clear public servants had everything to fear from the premier, despite his assurances to the contrary.
“It is absolutely disgraceful,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“They should hang their heads in shame.
“People aren’t happy.”
Premier Campbell Newman promised in January last year that the culls wouldn’t go beyond 14,000 and he’s sticking by that despite the latest figures.
He insists the drop-off in the workforce is a regular seasonal adjustment over Christmas.
In fact, more police, teachers and ambulance officers are being put on, he said.
“The public service is on an upwards trajectory,” he said.
“There have been no further cuts as to what we had previously announced.
“The numbers of the public service go up and down over the December and January period because there are seasonal people that come and go.”