Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has denied that a public servant was sacked for a Facebook post critical of the sacking of 14,000 government employees.
The Queensland premier has denied a public servant was sacked for posting a Facebook message criticising the sacking of 14,000 government employees.
Troy Reeves began a six-week contract with Queensland Health on July 15 last year.
But his employment as a policy analyst at the Office of Chief Nursing was terminated two days later.
Three days before starting his job, Mr Reeves had written a Facebook post criticising the government’s first budget in 2012, which included mass retrenchments.
“There wouldn’t be an unemployment problem in Brisbane if it wasn’t for the fact that 14,000 sacked people are no longer spending the same amount of money in the economy,” it said.
The post was referred to Premier Campbell Newman’s then media adviser Kylie Jacobson on Mr Reeves’s second day in the job, right-to-information documents obtained by AAP show.
“What a f-wit,” she wrote in an email to another media adviser for the premier, Kate Barwick.
But a spokesman for Mr Newman said the correspondence between the two media advisers did not lead to Mr Reeves being sacked.
“Mr Reeves’s termination is a matter for Queensland Health or the relevant department he was employed by,” he told AAP.
“That had nothing to do with Kylie and Kate’s email.”
Mr Reeves, a 35-year-old Masters graduate, was previously a Queensland Liberal Party member and Griffith University Liberal Club president.
He has worked for Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Senator Ian Macdonald.