The decision to outsource some Medicare functions at the Hobart office is a further example of the Federal Government’s callous disregard for the public service.

I have called on the Prime Minister to personally intervene to stop such privatisation and public service job cuts. A copy of my letter to the PM is attached.

This is the latest in a long line of shameful attacks by the Government on the public service capability in Hobart. We’re already seeing visa processing jobs outsourced at the Department of Home Affairs, services cut at Centrelink, and the move to shift Bureau of Meteorology forecasting to Melbourne and Brisbane.

Without a doubt these labour hire employees will have worse working conditions than their colleagues employed by the Department of Human Services. This creates a two-tiered workplace that will diminish collective bargaining power and drive down pay and conditions for everyone.

Not only are staff bearing the brunt of the Government’s attacks on the public service, but everyday Tasmanians, and Australians more broadly, are suffering. For example valuable services like the Seniors Section have gone from Centrelink  And people trying to speak to a person at the Department of Home Affairs are met with a telephone and a security guard.