Was Campbell Newman right to dump 14,000 workers?

Former Premier Campbell Newman
Former Premier Campbell Newman Contributed

ONE of former Premier Campbell Newman's most maligned decisions -- to sack 14,000 workers -- may have protected the state's credit rating.

Ratings agency Standard & Poor's pointed to Queensland's cutting of expenses and reduction of infrastructure spending when considering the state's improved financial position.

The group noted the current Labor Government's "Debt Action Plan" but gave far more credit to the former Newman Government's massive job cuts.

It found the state budget was doing better, and that "reflects the reduction of 14,000 full-time equivalent positions in fiscal 2013, reducing employee expenses by 5% in 2014, and conveyance duties and GST receipts rising substantially".

Mr Newman told News Corp that many public servants thank him for pushing them out of their jobs.

"What is often missed is that people were given generous severance packages and many people often thank me for giving them an opportunity to start a new business or new career," he said.

The push to cut so many workers was seized on by Queensland unions, which ran long-running campaigns against the plans and the premier.

Topics:  campbell newman editors picks politics

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Eumundi beer to be revived at its 'spiritual home'

CHEERS: Brewmaster Chuck Hahn is looking forward to the relaunch of the Eumundi Brewery at the Imperial Hotel.

Hahn and James Squire creator to help return local brew to Eumundi

'Schoolies are well-behaved here': Noosa resort

CELEBRATE: Noosa International manager Sue McNamara will welcome 140 schoolies next month.

Units reject school leavers but this resort says they're no problem

Eumundi author heading in the 'write' direction

WRITE IDEA: Eumundi author Sue McPherson has been chosen as one of 12 women to take part in The Athena Project.

Meet the woman who hated reading and went on to win a writing award

Local Partners

Angus T. Jones got miserable on Two and a Half Men

Child star's misery while shooting 'Two and a Half Men'

Russell Morris shows he's 'the real thing' in music

Australian music legend Russell Morris.

An Australian music legend is coming to the Sunshine Coast.

Don't miss smorgasbord of live theatre productions

Some of the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Don't miss The Breakfast Club's final performances in Nambour.

Bachelorette shock: "This isn't how it's supposed to go!"

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and leaves Matty J heartbroken.

Rowed races to another victory in Hong Kong

Zannekin, winner of IRC Racing 0 Volvo China Coast Regatta 2016.

Noosa's Jason Rowed has tasted victory again in Hong Kong.

Gig guide: plan your big music weekend

ADOPTED SON: Singer Damien Leith, pictured outside Temple Lane Studios in Dublin, Ireland, is performing on the Sunshine Coast.

Put your dancing shoes on and head out to a live music gig.

Get ready to stop, and stop, and stop on Maud St

STOP GO: Traffic lights will be installed at the Maud St-Bungama St intersection as one of several intersection upgrades to cope with growth in Maroochydore.

Maroochydore gets yet more traffic lights

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available