The Prime Minister must intervene: Johnston must go

After months of poor judgement, foolish comments, bungles and mismanagement, it is time for the Prime Minister to intervene and remove David Johnston as the Government’s Minister for Defence. After months of poor judgement, foolish comments, bungles and mismanagement, it is time for the Prime Minister to intervene and remove David Johnston as the Government’s…

Professionals Australia raises concerns about skills gaps in Defence

Professionals Australia’s Director David Smith has responded to a leaked audit showing gaps in technical capacity in the Defence Materiel Organisation, in today’s Canberra Times. Professionals Australia ACT Director David Smith, in his capacity of representing Defence engineers, said the report highlighted the risks of having less in-house expertise and the “hollowing out of engineering…

Professionals Australia slams cuts to workplace counseling in face of redundancies

  Professionals Australia’s ACT director David Smith has condemned DSTO’s cuts to workplace counseling services, in The Canberra Times today. Tuesday, 15 July 2014 Thousands of Defence Department public servants have had their workplace counseling services axed as the federal government’s cuts bite deeper in departmental budgets. More than 2360 workers at the Defence Science…

Military scientists and engineers appeal to Tony Abbott to stop cuts

Military scientists and engineers have appealed directly to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to stop the spending cuts they say are weakening Australia’s ability to defend itself. Professionals Australia, in its capacity of representing hundreds of technical workers in Defence establishment says the cuts to science and engineering will eventually cost lives on the battlefield and…

Geoscience Australia pushes for nine extra minutes a day

  Professionals Australia has criticised Geoscience Australia’s move to force staff to work an extra nine minutes a day and slash entitlements. One of the first agencies to be bargaining over an agreement in the federal public service, Geoscience Australia, had already asked staff to agree to work an extra nine minutes a day. Professionals…

ActewAGL staff face uncertain future

David Smith has criticised the ’appalling’ timing of the announcement to ’spill and fill 135 jobs’ at Canberra’s largest electricity and gas provider. ActewAGL is spilling and filling 135 jobs on top of abolishing 25 currently vacant positions and making 14 full-time staff redundant. David Smith, ACT director of Professionals Australia said that announcement meant…