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ACT Greens Senate candidate Christina Hobbs has welcomed the fact that the ACT has avoided recession in its budget, but noted that Canberra is still suffering the impact of public service job cuts.
“Tuesday's budget papers show that public service cuts will continue to hit Canberra hard, making an impact on our local economy,” said ACT Greens senate candidate Christina Hobbs.
“We know that another 1400 jobs and $1.4 billion will be cut from Canberra before 2020. That is on top of 18,000 public service job cuts since the Liberals came to office in 2013.”
Ms Hobbs added that cuts Canberra-based national institutions and services would also hurt Canberra's budget bottom line.
“The Liberals are pushing ahead with million of dollars in cuts to Canberra’s cultural institutions. That means more skilled Canberrans will be losing their jobs in the next year.
“Cultural institutions are a vital part of our society and the ACT economy and tourism industry – they should be supported and strengthened, not crippled and eroded.”
Ms Hobbs has reissued her call on Liberal Senator Zed Seselja to stand up to his colleagues and fight for Canberra in the wake of Tuesday's budget.
“How can Mr Seselja and his colleagues claim to care about ‘jobs and growth’ while they make such brutal cuts to Canberra’s economy?
“Thankfully Canberra has an opportunity to vote against these cuts. On May 2, I’ll be putting the Liberals where they've put Canberra – last.”
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