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Use of force in prisons: job numbers critical

Use of force in prisons: job numbers critical

The NSW Ombudsman’s review into the use of force in the state’s prisons contains useful recommendations, but ignores the critical issue – job numbers, the NSW Public Service Association says. The NSW Public Service Association has welcomed the NSW Ombudsman's review of policy and practice around the use of force in the state's prisons, particularly recommendations for better prison officer training and improvements in CCTV…

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NSW Budget declares open season on NSW jobs, services

NSW Budget declares open season on NSW jobs, services

The NSW Government must come clean on which jobs and services will be cut after today delivering a budget that takes an axe to the public sector, the NSW Public Service Association said today. "Treasurer Mike Baird promised today's budget would deliver smaller government - that's simply code for selling off assets, outsourcing our trusted institutions and cutting jobs and services," said PSA General Secretary…

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Water regulation set adrift as State Government cuts Office of Water jobs

Water regulation set adrift as State Government cuts Office of Water jobs

The NSW Government has announced a ‘change management plan’ that will slash 10% of specialist staff responsible for implementing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and managing the state’s groundwater resources, according to the Public Service Association of NSW. The NSW Office of Water told staff last week it would cut 50 jobs, while creating a new layer of management that includes three additional Deputy Commissioners. Regional…

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Crown Land cutbacks jeopardise land management, native title claims

Crown Land cutbacks jeopardise land management, native title claims

Cuts to the budget for managing crown lands in NSW will jeopardise the processing of Aboriginal land claims and hit business owners seeking to lease crown land, the NSW Public Service Association (PSA) said today. Employees at the office of Crown Lands, within the Department of Primary Industries, were told this week they must find savings of $13 million over four years, said Steve Turner,…

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National Park rangers reject recreational hunting in parks

National Park rangers reject recreational hunting in parks

The NSW Public Service Association, which represents park rangers, has directed its members not to assist with any activity involved with establishing recreational hunting in national parks in NSW Members will also be asked to withhold information and their expert advice from Minister for the Environment Robyn Parker and other members of the NSW Coalition Government. General Secretary John Cahill said the good work and…

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