||Issue No. 331||03 November 2006|
From Green House to Glass House
Interview: Common Ground
Industrial: A Low Act
Unions: The Number of the Least
Politics: The Smoking Gun
Economics: Microcredit, Compulsory Superannuation and Inequality
Environment: Low Voltage
History: The Art of Social Justice
Review: Work’s Unhealthy Appetite
Culture: A Forgotten Poet
They're Going Out The Door
The Public Service Association launched a 'cheap and nasty' TV advertisement highlighting the cuts, forcing Debnam to tell different stories to the general public and the business community.
Just one day after publicly denying he ever planned to cut the 29,000 positions from the NSW public sector, Opposition Leader Peter Debnam revealed to Liberal Party donors that his old plan still stands.
At a Liberal Party fundraiser in Sydney, Debnam told assembled ICT executives that he planned to cut up to $2 billion from the NSW 'bureaucracy'.
NSW Minister for Finance, John Della Bosca, says Debnam is exposed as a serial liar. "Do the maths," Della Bosca says. "If you're saving $2 billion from the public sector, at an average salary of $68,000, that's 29,000 people."
"Just one day after denying he had plans to gut the public sector, he is telling Liberal Party audiences in a coded message that this is precisely what he intends to do.
"This performance is straight out of the Nick Greiner Idiot's guide to getting elected - that is you keep one set of polices to be used in the lead-up to the election and in the other drawer you keep your real policies."
PSA general secretary John Cahill says the advertisements were a fun way to make a serious point - that the public service will be totally decimated by the plan for 29,000 job cuts.
"The public sector is already under stress and these sorts of cuts will tip it over the edge to the point where it will no longer be able to provide basic services to the NSW people," Cahill says.
"Our advertisement is deliberately cheap and nasty because we think this policy is cheap and nasty."
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