Nationals candidate Greg Matthews is continuing to support a Coalition plan to reduce the public service wages bill, despite a Labor advertising campaign stating it will lead to the sacking of 29,000 workers, including many on the frontline. “There’s a lot of lies and misinformation being spread,” Mr Matthews said. “Around 30,000 public service workers resign, retire or change jobs every year. “We’re simply going to put a freeze on those positions. There will be no sackings, we just won’t be rehiring.” Mr Matthews said the reductions would only affect those in the bureaucracy and not frontline services. “We have no intention to reduce the number of workers such as nurses, police and teachers, which have all actually been reduced by Labor. We’re committed to increasing frontline services,” he said, claiming it would be possible by changing the way the public service operates. “As we cut red tape and bring some logic back into the system we’ll be able to reduce the need for the bureaucracy to police it. “More than 50 per cent of the State’s budget is spent on wages. By doing this we’ll be able to free up about $4.6 billion.” Much of the debate has revolved around the exact number of jobs to go, as former Liberal leader John Brogden had promised it would be 29,000. Current leader Peter Debnam is still committed to cutting public service positions, but he said the number won’t be as high as that and called on Labor to withdraw ads that continue to trumpet the figure. Deputy Premier John Watkins, while visiting Dubbo this week, said the Government had no plan to stop their campaign. “Twenty-nine thousand has been uttered by Peter Debnam, it’s been reported that Peter Debnam will cut that number. If it is not the number he is going to cut from the NSW public service, well what is?” Mr Matthews said the number of jobs that would be shed was 20,000 in all, with 5000 to be cut each year over four years. [email protected]苏州美睫培训
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