Topics:  bill shorten, campbell newman, job cuts, kate ellis

Labor continue attack on Newman

AS THE Federal Government continues to seek cuts across all departments, it found an extra $850,000 in its coffers on Tuesday to pay for three jobs expos in Ipswich, Brisbane and Townsville for sacked state government workers.

After making the funding announcement, Employment Minister Bill Shorten and Employment Participation Minister Kate Ellis both attacked Premier Campbell Newman.

Mr Shorten said the Federal Government was stepping in because Mr Newman had "never seen a public servant he didn't want to sack".

His comments marked another day of attacks from the Federal Labor Party on Mr Newman as it moves to try and turn the electoral tide against the party.

A spokeswoman from Ms Ellis said a jobs expo was now scheduled for Ipswich-Logan on November 15, and would be held at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre, while venues for expos in Brisbane proper and Townsville had not yet been secured.

The spokeswoman said all funding for the expos had "been offset in accordance with the government's strict budget rules", but the extra $850,000 was not accounted for in the government's budget papers.

No new expos were announced for regional public service workers outside of Townsville.



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