Libs bottom line requires 2000 public servants to walk

By Dylan Caporn, with AAP

Treasury costings of WA Liberal promises have shown the party’s estimates are reasonable.

The Liberals have made more than $2.8 billion in promises, including the controversial Perth Freight Link project.

“The estimates have been based on a sound information set and methodologies,” WA’s Under-Treasurer Michael Barnes said today.

WA will be back in a slim surplus of $24 million by 2019 under the Liberals financial plan.

The costings have revealed previously unannounced savings, including 2000 voluntary redundancies in the public service.

The 2000 positions will be replaced by 1000 graduate staff for a saving to the budget of $80 million.

CPSU/CSA secretary Toni Walkington said the planned jobs cuts would hurt the public sector.

“We will lose two thousand jobs along with valuable knowledge and skills from the sector, while the government engages only a thousand new graduates for less money, expecting them to do the same work,” she said.

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