The Australian Greens said today that Indigenous Affairs staffing cuts within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC) will affect the service delivery and support provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
"In Senate Estimates this morning it was revealed that 30 jobs in the Indigenous Affairs area of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet will be condensed into 20, a move that will have significant impacts," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.
"This is not red tape, this is cutting the jobs of people who have been supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and programs.
"This is another disappointing decision from the Prime Minister who proudly said he was the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Tony Abbott is overseeing cuts of more than half a billion dollars to services and support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
"These cuts will have an inevitable impact on the availability of services and this is an issue I will follow closely during the rest of this week's Senate Estimates hearing," Senator Siewert concluded.