Permanent jobs 'could be cut'

CUTS to permanent public service jobs have not been ruled out with the Queensland Treasurer stating he will be assessing the salary costs of each government department.

The revelation is contrary to the LNP's earlier hard stance that it would protect frontline services and permanent public sector jobs.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls detailed on Thursday the $186 million the LNP had found in savings since taking office.

The savings were derived from program cuts, reserves and delivering schemes under budget.

The figure did not include cuts to temporary public sector positions.

Mr Nicholls said the savings were the first stage of a rolling program.

Asked how much the government could save if it axed permanent public service positions, Mr Nicholls replied he had "not done the numbers around that".

"We are still going through the machinery of government changes to establish the size of each department and making sure we have the establishment numbers right," he continued.

"What we will be looking at is the salary of each of these departments and the total salary costs."

In relation to permanent job cuts, Premier Campbell Newman said on Wednesday he would have to wait and see what the commission of audit delivered.

The commission of audit will be released on Friday.


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