ELECTION PROMISES BULLETIN #1 - Privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services - Public Service Association

ELECTION PROMISES BULLETIN #1 – Privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services

ELECTION PROMISES BULLETIN #1 – Privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services – March 2019 (PDF version)

Throughout this week, your union will be informing you of the different promises made by each of the major political parties that will affect our jobs and our public services.

In October last year, the PSA wrote to all political parties to seek their position on issues important to our members.

One of the questions asked was, “What is your Party’s position on the privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services”?

The Labor Party gave a very strong and promising response, telling the PSA that a Daley Labor Government would not be privatising or outsourcing any further public sector jobs or services.

Late last year Opposition Leader, Michael Daley, addressed a meeting of the PSA Prison Officers Vocational Branch. When asked about the privatisation of public services, he committed to, “no more, end of story.”

Last week during his National Press Club Address, Daley declared, “the privatisation of TAFE is completely and utterly off the agenda if we [Labor] win the election.”

What have the Parties promised – PRIVATISATION*

Party Promise
Labor No more privatisation or outsourcing of public sector jobs under a Daley Labor Government.
Liberals and Nationals The Liberals and Nationals told the PSA they are “not ideologically wedded to privatisation”.

But, since 2011, the Liberals and Nationals have sold $70 billion worth of public assets and privatised thousands of jobs including 4000 jobs in TAFE and the dismantlement of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC).

The Greens The Greens believe that “public ownership of public infrastructure and services is a fundamental part of a fair and prosperous society”.
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers SFF do not support privatisation of public services “in general terms” but are open to the idea in certain circumstances.

*Only parties who responded to the PSA’s letter sent in October 2018 have been included in this table. 

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