South Australia

Sep 14, 2012

25k to go from SA public service? Redmond isn’t sure

South Australian opposition leader Isobel Redmond stumbled badly on proposed cuts to the public service. It gave Labor all the ammunition it needs, writes Tom Richardson of InDaily.

“In an interview earlier today, I answered some questions incorrectly and I wish to correct the record. It is not Liberal Party policy to reduce the public service by 20,000 or more.”

When you have to send out a statement to that effect around 7pm, you know the preceding day hasn’t been everything you’d hoped for.

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4 thoughts on “25k to go from SA public service? Redmond isn’t sure

  1. Sharilynn Gerchow

    Speaking of a “sloppy attempt to retreat” I think the Qld Police Minister, Jack Dempsey can give Ms Redmond a run for her money. After a firestorm (sorry) of public complaints about plans to slash paid positions in the Rural Fire Service, he’s come out to say the cuts were all a misunderstanding and based on an email which had been sent out in error.

    The only thing is, he appeared on ABC’s PM the night before justifying the very cuts which he is now claiming were all a mistake.

  2. John Bennetts

    “The initial stumble can be put down to the Opposition Leader’s over-exuberant candour and lack of political judgment. The subsequent sloppy attempt to retreat from it appears to be far more cynical.”

    Since when has the phrase “far more cynical” been a pseudonym for the word “far less truthful”?

    That said, it’s nice to see that “more cynical”, given its new meaning, is a reasonable descriptor for Liberal pollies in Qld, NSW and the House of Reps as well as SA.

  3. Jim Bob

    Hasn’t she worked out that you announce Public Service cutbacks AFTER you win the Election. Before then just.. well..say things like “You’ll be the highest paid Teachers in Australia”. Worked for BS Baillieu.

  4. Karen

    IR is not the most politically savvy person. The only good thing going for her is that she was refreshingly honest, until she started l* ing about her public service razor gang. Mm, I think the SA Libs are actively canvassing for a replacement.

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