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DUTTON BEGINS PRIVATISING HOME AFFAIRS BY OUTSOURCING 250 JOBS

January 11, 2018

Peter Dutton has started his new job as Minister for Home Affairs by outsourcing 250 departmental jobs to New Zealand company Datacom.

After outsourcing Centrelink calls to Serco, the Liberals are now privatising another critical Government service, with the 1.5 million calls received each year by the now-Department of Home Affairs set to be answered by the multinational company.

The three year contract will have Datacom employees fielding sensitive visa, immigration and citizenship queries, with the CPSU raising concerns about the pay and conditions of these workers, the quality of service, and information security.

The outsourcing follows an ongoing dispute between the out-of-touch Abbott-Turnbull Government and thousands of Immigration and Border Protection employees over pay and conditions – with departmental workers suffering real wage cuts over the past four years.

It’s because of their conservative, cost-cutting ideology that the Turnbull Government is incapable of treating Australia’s public servants with the respect they deserve.

Unlike Turnbull and Dutton, only Labor values the important work of the APS and the expertise and experience of our frontline workers.

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