14 May 2012
When will Joe Hockey learn? He has again shown his poor head for figures, misquoting the size of growth in the Australian Public Service for a tenth time.
“For the tenth time, Joe Hockey has claimed the Government has grown the Australian Public Service by 20,000 – when he knows it’s grown by 12,000 since June 2007,” Special Minister of State Gary Gray said today.
Yesterday, Mr Hockey repeated his own inaccurate claim that the government had employed an extra 20,000 public service jobs since 2007 in speaking to the Today Show. He has used the same figure in Parliament, at the National Press Club, and to ABC TV’s QandA and Lateline and on the ABC’s 7.30 Report.
“Last August he was offered a briefing with the Australian Public Service Commission to get his numbers right, but he has never taken up the offer. Mr Hockey is disinterested in facts.”
Mr Hockey had so far refused to rebut his own plans to cut 20,000 jobs in the broad government sector.
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