Queensland Opposition leader, Annastacia Palaszczuk.
QUEENSLAND: About 140 jobs are expected to be slashed from an employment program for disadvantaged people, the state Opposition claims.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk understands the cabinet budget review committee will this week consider cutting administration jobs at Skilling Queensland.
That’s on top of 2200 jobs expected to go from Queensland Rail and 500 jobs at the Department of Justice and Attorney General.
Ms Palaszczuk says the government wants to reduce unemployment to four per cent, but at the same time is considering axing a program that gives disadvantaged jobseekers customised employment and training.
Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek must explain the move, she says.
“This latest threat means the LNP is now slashing the jobs of people who help other people secure jobs of their own,” she said in a statement.
She called on the government to be upfront on how many jobs they are planning to cut from the public service, after Premier Campbell Newman revealed the state has 20,000 more employees than it can afford.