Bigger public sector but poorer services under Labor

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Employment & Training Political Queensland Government


Alarming statistics finally released by the Palaszczuk Government today show Queensland's public service is ballooning but services to Queenslanders are deteriorating.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said Queenslanders were paying $4 billion more a year in public sector wages but getting less.

"Since they were elected, Labor has employed 20,000 more public servants but sadly services are no better," Ms Frecklington said.

"When the State Government spends billions extra, the public expects better services but in a whole range of areas Labor are letting Queenslanders down.

"Our unemployment rate is the second highest in the nation, the trains aren't running on time, if at all, emergency departments in our public hospitals are at breaking point, crime's on the increase with robberies and assaults up, and our child safety system's still in crisis.

"Annastacia Palaszczuk promised to limit annual public service growth to the rate of population growth, but like so many others, she's broken that promise too. Under Labor, the public service is growing at a rate of 3.35% - more than double the rate of population growth.

"Labor should be focused on outcomes and results for Queenslanders not the number of public servants.  

"The LNP would focus on improving service outcomes, cutting wait times, ending the rail fail, stopping crime and keeping Queensland kids safe.

"Under the LNP trains ran on time, the dental waitlist was abolished, emergency surgery waiting lists were slashed and the public housing wait list was almost halved."

Key facts:

Public sector employment: (all figures are compared to December 2014)

·       167 more media and communication staff

·       1,700 more corporate staff

·       20,000 more public servants – today there are 217,000 public servants (FTEs)

·       Queenslanders are paying $4 billion dollars more a year for public servant salaries – Salaries this year will be over $27 billion.

Labor service fails:

·       33% (one third) of Emergency Department patients aren't being seen within clinically recommended times

·       23% statewide ambulance ramping (patients queued in ambulances for longer than 30 minutes)

·       470 fewer rail services on the south east Queensland network and Labor's rail fail expected to take a decade to fix due to glacial pace of train driver recruitment

·       Latest QPS Annual Crime Report showed robbery up 26%, assault up 11%, home invasions up 12% and car theft up 19%

·       December quarter Child Safety Performance data showed 61% of reported child abuse claims aren't being investigated within recommended timeframes (that's over 13,000 cases of potential child abuse)

·       Queensland has second highest unemployment rate in Australia (6.2%)

·       Youth unemployment is at crisis point in the regional areas (Outback 61%, Wide Bay 28.4%, Townsville 17.9%)

Deb Frecklington : Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) of Queensland :
PO Box 940, Spring Hill Qld 4004, Queensland Wide
07 3844 0666
Deb Frecklington : Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) of Queensland
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