Numbers and costs for APS cuts evade MYEFO

By Julian Bajkowski The Abbott government has conspicuously excluded its election promise to cut public service staffing costs by $5.2 billion through the elimination of 12,000 positions from its Mid-Year Economic and Financial Outlook (MYEFO), listing estimates for the jobs cull as “not for publication” in the statement. In a bleak snapshot that now forecasts […]

Feds plough $7.4 mil into regional heritage funding

Staff writers Federal Minister for Sustainability, Tony Burke has called on councils and historical groups to apply for $7.4 million in grants to be distributed under the the 2012-13 round of the ‘Your Community Heritage’ program intended to better protect significant sites. The program has previously supported community groups, heritage organisations, historical societies, councils and […]

WA uses GPS to track criminals

Dangerous sex offenders will be tracked using satellite technology after $6 million was allocated for the initiative in the 2012-13 State Budget, by the Western Australian Government as part of its focus on increasing community safety.   Corrective Services Minister Terry Redman said GPS technology allowed an offender’s exact whereabouts to be tracked via satellite, […]


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