After weeks of being unable to put a figure on the number of public sector positions culled, Premier Campbell Newman finally estimated this week the cuts had hit the 3000 mark.
After weeks of being unable to put a figure on the number of public sector positions culled, Premier Campbell Newman finally estimated this week the cuts had hit the 3000 mark. Kari Bourne

Newman estimates 3000 job cuts so far

PUBLIC service workers across regional Queensland have been the primary victims of the State Government's job purge so far, according to union officials.

After weeks of being unable to put a figure on the number of public sector positions culled, Premier Campbell Newman finally estimated this week the cuts had hit the 3000 mark.

Together union estimates half of those positions axed since the LNP came into power have come from regional communities.

Union secretary Alex Scott said administrative support staff positions were cut back in towns like Mackay, Townsville and Mount Isa.

The Premier claimed he was directing the Directors-General to look within a few hundred metres of their departments for savings but that was not the reality, Mr Scott said.

"Regional Queensland is more likely to face these cuts because the decision-makers remain in George St," he said.

"We are seeing in terms of the job losses, removing these services from local and regional communities is much more significant."

In March, just under half of full time public service employees were based outside of Brisbane, including 10,126 employees on the Sunshine Coast and 10,723 in the Darling Downs region.

Mr Newman said on Thursday due to the "organisational mess" left behind by Labor, it was difficult to provide an accurate figure on job losses.

But the government was not just focused on cutting jobs outside of Brisbane, he outlined.

"The LNP Government is committed to ramping up frontline services like the important delivery of health services and police on the beat and this of course applies to areas outside the south east corner," he said.

"My Ministers and their directors-general know that they need to be looking for savings within 300 metres of their offices, which is certainly not in regional Queensland."

The Premier urged unions to swap their "scaremongering" for working with the government.

The Opposition demanded tthe LNP put a solid figure on how many jobs would go in regional Queensland.

"Any job lost in any community will impact the local economy," Shadow treasurer Curtis Pitt said.


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