WA's peak union body has described the 2012/13 State Budget as “dizzy and without direction”.
Unions WA president Meredith Hammat said the Government seemed to be planning for growth and shrinking at the same time.
“On the one hand, the Budget trumpets population growth, but on the other, it is cutting public services by around eight per cent over coming years,” she said.
Ms Hammat was critical that the Budget cuts to public services were around $2.5 billion up to 2015, while putting $1 billion “under the bed” in the Future Fund that will not be available for 20 years.
“We need to invest today in education, health and transportation to deliver dividends now and in the years ahead,” she said.
Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association branch secretary Toni Walkington says the Government is letting down the community by not investing in public services.
“Western Australia’s population continues to grow at an estimated 1000 people per week, which will drive up demand for services provided by the public service, yet the Barnett Government continues to erode its effectiveness with these so-called efficiency dividends,” she said.
“The public expects to get timely access to these services but we are seeing waiting lists for services getting longer, delays getting greater and more and more vulnerable missing out.”Ms Walkington said the cutbacks would have an impact on frontline services such as the 883 children yet to be allocated a case worker within the Department for Children Protection.
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