WA’s Labor party has promised to stop outsourcing and privatising public sector services.
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has also pledged to, where possible, return outsourced services to the public sector.
He said the Colin Barnett-led government had sought to outsource important services, including key aspects of the new Fiona Stanley Hospital at Murdoch in Perth’s southern suburbs.
It had also awarded private hospital operator St John of God Health Care the contract to run a new hospital at Midland in the city’s east.
This meant patients would not get a full range of services such as contraception and assisted reproductive technology, because of the the provider’s religious beliefs.
“The Barnett government’s plan to progressively shift the delivery of services away from government agencies has resulted in the abuse of taxpayers’ money,” Mr McGowan said on Wednesday.
“Its failed privatisation of Department of Housing maintenance saw 21,000 job orders fraudulently or wrongly claimed by head contractors.”
Mr McGowan said the State’s public sector workforce needed to be supported and developed.
The government last year limited the number of employees in the general government sector, capped public-sector leave liabilities and ordered a 1.5 per cent cut in agencies’ budgets for non-essential goods and services as the state budget took a hit from falling iron ore royalties and GST revenues.
The measures were on top of a 2 per cent general government “efficiency dividend”.