Response to State Government midyear review

Premier Colin Barnett is failing the West Australian people by running down public services through more and more cuts to jobs and services.

That’s the blunt message from the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association on the back of today’s midyear review that forecasts a $3.1 billion deficit.

As a result the government has announced six-month recruitment freeze across the general public sector, effective immediately.

Branch secretary Toni Walkington said it was the same old message from a government that had failed to do its job properly of investing in the state, diversifying the economy and maintaining a robust public sector that could meet community expectations.

“Public services in this state are the foundation of our community and society but the latest freeze on public sector recruitment will see more job cuts, white-anting this very important foundation,” Ms Walkington said.

“Our members want to deliver quality services to our community but they can’t do this when they are constantly facing cuts.”

Ms Walkington said union members were getting tired of the same mantra from the Premier Barnett and his Cabinet colleagues.

“It’s time for them to invest in the foundations of our society, make a real difference and address the problems rather than just cutting the public service.”



Toni Walkington
CPSU/CSA Branch Secretary
(08)  9323 3800

Darren O’Dea
CPSU/CSA Media Liaison Officer
M: 0421  934 794
P:   (08) 9323 3855
E:   [email protected]

Comments (3)

  • Richard Titelius

    Richard Titelius

    23 December 2015 at 09:31 | #

    The public servants should not have to be the scapegoats for what ultimately may have been the executive arm of governments decisions to make the expenditure decisions which have led to this state haveing record levels of debt.
    There must be public servants out there or former public servants who made recommendations to the Premier that undertaking some of the projects which his government has done of the basis of projected revenues strems from one or two resources could ultimately lead to to a financial overload.
    If the goernment would have been more prudent in its fiscal management we would not be where we are today.
    Royal Commission anyone or something cheaper with the same powers?


  • David Clark

    David Clark

    23 December 2015 at 22:38 | #

    Typical Liberal government! Pathetic excuse for a government!


  • Marc Widmer

    Marc Widmer

    06 January 2016 at 09:38 | #

    As a long term public servant (35 years) I have grown very weary of constant funding cuts, staff freezes and other such difficulties that make doing a good and useful job harder every year. It is death by a thousand cuts and I believe the public (who we serve) are asleep to the real erosion of so many services. It is a real disappointment to witness what has become of WA's public service, including health, education, agriculture and other such research sectors.


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