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Qld police, ambo support staff fear cuts

Sat August 4, 2012 2:01pm

THE Queensland opposition has called on the premier to reveal whether his axe will fall on public servants who support the state's emergency workers.

Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says there are reports the jobs of up to 25 per cent of police support staff are set to be slashed as part of the government's cost-cutting regime.

Ms Palaszczuk says Premier Campbell Newman should also make clear whether another 240 people in the Department of Community Safety are to be sacked.

The department includes workers in corrective services and the ambulance and fire and rescue services.

She called on the premier to reveal the truth during the community cabinet at the Whitsundays, which starts on Sunday.

"These are critical frontline services and if axed will be another key betrayal by the Premier who said he would protect frontline staff," she said in a statement.

The Labor leader also questioned how the government would deliver its promised 1100 extra police officers following a report the Police Academy budget was to be slashed.

The Newman government has promised 300 new officers this year and 1100 over the next four years.

Ms Palaszczuk says the government has begun allowing school leavers to apply to the police service, which contravenes a recommendation of the Fitzgerald Inquiry.

"Without adequate staff at the Police Academy...we will end up with 18-year-olds on the beat with no experience and insufficient training," she said.

The premier's office has been contacted for comment.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said Ms Palaszczuk's claims were taken from a media report and were incorrect.

"It just goes to show that the ALP were not only lazy when in government, they're still lazy in opposition," he said in a statement.

"Rather than picking up the phone and hearing the truth, they'd rather plagiarise the morning paper."

Mr Dempsey said police training staff numbers were not being reduced and they will in fact be running classes over more days to accommodate the surge of additional officers.





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