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Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the public sector now expected up to 40,000 jobs could go as the LNP government continued its “twisted priorities”.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the public sector now expected up to 40,000 jobs could go as the LNP government continued its “twisted priorities”. Sharyn O'Neill

SPECULATION that 180 IT workers will lose their Education Department jobs will be raised in parliament on Tuesday.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the public sector now expected up to 40,000 jobs could go as the LNP government continued its "twisted priorities".

"Today we're hearing once again about 180 staff will be shed from IT," she said.

"What we are continually seeing from this government is the focus on the loss of jobs.

"People are coming to work on a Monday not knowing if they have a job.

"Last week they were talking about penny-pinching, about stopping tea and coffee.

"They were talking about no more plants in offices, whether or not you can have sandwiches for meetings.

"At the same time they're actually paying Peter Costello $3300 a day."

Ms Palaszczuk said the outcome of Mr Costello's state finances audit was "predictable" and a waste of taxpayer money.

Arts Minister Ros Bates is also a likely Opposition target after she recycled a speech from her Labor predecessor and blamed it on her staff.

Opposition Arts Minister Jackie Trad said: "Ms Bates needs to show some backbone and take the blame, as her leader (Premier Campbell Newman) expects".

Topics:  campbell newman department of education and training jackie trad lnp public service



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