The Federal government is poised to hire nearly 300,000 new federal civil servants, with the majority expected to be temporary.
The Government employs around 2.5 million federal workers, the most of any country in the world, with most of those positions in Australia.
Key points:The federal government says it will hire nearly 30,000 temporary federal workers in 2017, with around $500 million earmarked for those workersThe federal Labor Party is threatening to vote against the bill on TuesdayThe federal Government says it wants to create an “Australian meritocracy” in the Federal Government says the move will “make our economy stronger”The Government says that the number of federal workers expected to come in this year will be in line with the peak in the previous year, but some of the jobs that will be moved will be temporary and could be replaced by other staff in the future.
The federal Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said the Federal Opposition would vote against it.
“It’s not a good day for Australia when we’re getting the federal government into this kind of a job-killing position, it’s not good for our economy, it doesn’t make us stronger and I don’t think it’s good for the Australian people,” she said.
“We are at the beginning of a new federal government, we’re not going to get a new government here and we need to do it the right way, I think it is a bad idea to start making decisions on the basis of people in the public sector being at the bottom of the economic ladder.”
She said that if the Federal Parliament passed the Government’s plans, it would not be until 2018 before the government would be able to hire new workers.
The Federal Government said that the vast majority of temporary employees would be temporary temporary staff for the new National Disability Insurance Scheme, the first federal job for which they would be eligible for a permanent contract.
It said that around 10,000 workers would be hired as temporary staff, with some temporary staff being hired for just one year.
The employment minister said that over $50 billion in extra money would be available to employers who wanted to hire temporary staff.
“The Federal government will invest $500 billion in the workplace and $400 billion in social assistance to help the most vulnerable Australians, so we can make our economy better and help Australians succeed,” Ms Cash said.
The Minister said the Government would create an Australian meritocracy where the lowest-paid federal workers were rewarded for their hard work, and would “make Australia’s economy stronger”.
“It will help our economy grow and our workforce get the best possible pay, with full protection against the threat of redundancy and unfair dismissal,” she added.
Labor has also threatened to vote down the bill, which is due to be debated on Tuesday.
The Opposition’s deputy leader Tanya Plibersek said the party would vote to oppose the bill because the Government was trying to “gimmick” by changing the rules for federal employment.
“There are thousands of jobs available across the country and the Federal government should be able, like any employer, to hire as many people as they want, but they can’t change the rules of the game for people,” Ms Plibersee said.
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