in brief: indigenous workers in abbott government receive $19,000 less per year
Just as we thought things with the newly appointed Abbott government couldn’t get any worse.
News has broke that the government’s initiative to bring ‘to bring indigenous policy under the PM’s control,’ by employing ‘260 Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander bureaucrats’ into the Department of the Prime Minster and Cabinet, is going to be paying those new Indigenous employees $19,000 less per annum than ‘their new white colleagues [who are] doing the same jobs.’
Not only that, but ‘in another blow to Indigenous voices … the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples says it is sacking two-thirds of its workforce … after the federal government cut its funding.’
Statistics show that the PM&C is ‘one of the public service’s best-paid departments and among its least culturally diverse.’ The plan was implemented to reduce this diversity gap, but has failed in making everything equal for the new employees.
Furthermore, a spokesperson on Friday said ‘there would be no movement on wage … among PM&C works’ for quite a long time. Mr. Abbott’s office did not comment or respond about the wage gap and the loss of jobs.
This pay gap comes as a surprise after, in May 2013, the Gillard government ‘provided a further $15 million in funding to flow over three years.’ However, that money is clearly not going ‘to be paid,’ said Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.