67% 'concerned' by job cuts

MOST Australians do not support cutting public service jobs, a poll conducted for the Commonwealth Public Sector Union revealed on Tuesday.

The Essential Media poll showed 67% of respondents were "concerned about the prospect" of a Coalition government cutting 12,000 public service jobs.

Despite comments from Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, intimating he would consider public service cuts to contain government spending; he had not made any official announcements yet.

CUPS national security Nadine Flood said it was clear the "public can see through the spin" and any further cuts would lead to greater pressure on staff.

The poll showed that 53% of respondents believed the cuts would lead to worse services, while only 14% believed they would lead to better services.

A clear majority of people believed the cuts would adversely impact rural and regional areas and 60% thought cuts to support staff would hurt frontline services.



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