Tony Abbott addresses new public service cuts


No more or less than we need, the Prime Minister says of further cuts to the Australian Public Service.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has indicated that there would be no major changes the Australian Public Service in the new budget.

Asked at a press conference this afternoon if further cuts to the public service were incoming, Abbott demurred:

“I don’t think anyone should expect major changes, because there have been some significant downsizings already.

“You might remember that the former government went into the election accusing us of planning to take the axe to the public service and when we got into office we discovered that Labor had an unannounced 14,5000 redundancies, most of them have gone ahead, there’s been a few other areas, and we will continue to run an efficient and effective public service with no more or less people than we need to do a good job.”

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