The Auditor General’s pending investigation into the Government’s redundancy process and Workplace Renewal Incentive Program provides an opportunity for the Liberals to be up front about their cuts to the public sector.
Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White said the Hodgman Government needs to come clean about how many people have gone and how many have been replaced.
“We know hundreds of public servants have left using the WRIP process,” Ms White said.
“The revised estimates report released in February 2015 shows that to the end of January 2015 there had been 498 WRIPs issued across the public sector.
“The Liberal Government is obliged to replace these positions.
“If someone has taken a WRIP and are not replaced they are entitled to feel mistreated but also the Government had misused the process.
“The Education Minister revealed during Budget Estimates that 387 people in his department have taken WRIPs, including 182 teachers.
There were 78 WRIPs issued in the Department of Health and Human Services.
“The government should have been actively recruiting to fill these vacancies especially in health and education where we know there is enormous pressure on staff.
“There is no evidence these positions are being advertised and filled.”
Rebecca White MP Shadow Health Minister