The CPSU welcomes the Senate’s decision to establish an inquiry into privatisation, outsourcing and service delivery in government programs, including visa privatisation, Robodebt, outsourcing in the Department of Human Services and the NDIA, and the public sector staffing cap.
CPSU Secretary Nadine Flood said ‘Cuts, outsourcing and privatisation have a massive impact on staff and on the quality of the vital public services and institutions that Australians rely on.’
‘Staff and citizens have a right to know what Scott Morrison is doing to our public institutions, and to have a say over their future’.
‘Visa privatisation will cause the loss of thousands of jobs and turn visas into a profit-maker for companies connected to the Liberal Government. Robodebt has caused untold suffering and hardship for thousands and thousands of Australians. The NDIS is not fulfilling its promise because of under-staffing and under-resourcing’.
‘And underlying all these problems are decisions by the Liberal Government to cut and outsource the public service, and to put arbitrary limits on how many people the public service can employ to deliver these programs’.
The inquiry will be conducted by the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee, with a report due by 16 October 2019.