NSW Premier thinks Public servants get an easy ride | #NSWpol #AusUnions


PUBLIC servants used to an easy ride will have to deal with a harder regime under the state Liberal government.

This was the message from Premier Barry O’Farrell at today’s State of the Region address at Rosehill Gardens.

Mr O’Farrell took a question from the floor about front-line staff in government departments not being replaced as backroom staff numbers have been cut.

He said it was a ”disturbing suggestion” that front-line positions were not being filled.

”Our approach is to change the shape – slim down the back and grow the front line,” he said.

”One thing I can’t say is that public servants won’t have to work harder.

”As you know, you’re doing longer hours to maintain the margins you enjoyed in previous times.

”There are lots of public servants who will work their guts out (to do the same).”

Mr O’Farrell spoke before hundreds of businesspeople, politicians and media representatives, where he praised the people of western Sydney, saying they had ”the innovation, skills and education that will allow us to compete globally”.


About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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