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A Labor win in Queensland could see another shake-up of the public service — but no more job losses. The opposition will reduce ministries and realign the bureaucracy.
Labor will slice the number of ministries and potentially merge some government departments if it wins office in Queensland. But Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk vows departmental heads will be picked on merit alone.
In the second week of campaigning ahead of the January 31 poll, Palaszczuk has also announced ministers’ salaries will be pegged to public servant pay rises.
Premier Campbell Newman was criticised for a number of his appointments to the public service, most controversially Michael Caltabiano as Transport Department director-general. Caltabiano, a Liberal player, was sacked after less than a year in the job after a Crime and Misconduct investigation into a departmental appointment of the son of a minister.
Newman, the former Brisbane lord mayor, also hand-picked council figures Barry Broe (co-ordinator-general), Helen Gluer (Treasury) and Andrew Chesterman (Environment and Heritage). Chesterman is now the public service commissioner.
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