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Greens call for audit of Employment Services contracts

The Australian Greens are today calling on the Commonwealth Government to direct the Australian National Audit Office to conduct an independent audit on the awarding of employment services contracts announced yesterday.

"There seems no rational basis for the decisions made on who got contracts. We have seen 4 and 5 star rated providers lose contracts," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"Thousands of committed and dedicated workers are about to lose their jobs at a time when their skills are most needed."

"The Greens are calling on the government to immediately establish this audit."

"Otherwise we intend to move a motion to establish an audit and also refer the matter to the Senate Finance and Public Administration committee for inquiry."

"We trust that the Opposition will support the audit and inquiry."

"This process makes a mockery of the governments commitment to social inclusion - you cannot separate social inclusion and employment," she concluded.

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