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Murdoch hits out at public servants

Rupert Murdoch has attacked Australia’s public servants while lauding the Coalition victory in Saturday’s Federal election.

The US-based media mogul took to social media site Twitter on Saturday evening to accuse public sector workers, along with “phony welfare scroungers,” of sucking the life out of Australia’s economy.

He predicted that “other nations” would follow Australia into more conservative politics.

“Aust election public sick of public sector workers and phony welfare scroungers sucking life out of economy,” Mr Murdoch, a US citizen, wrote.

“Others nations to follow in time.”

Mr Murdoch, whose Australian newspaper empire campaigned for a Coalition win, returned to Twitter in the early hours of Sunday morning to accuse public sector workers of taking many more sick days than their private sector counterparts.

“Small item: Apart from higher pay, public workers in Australia take many more sick days than those in hard working private sector!” he tweeted.

A key campaign pledge of incoming Prime Minister Tony Abbott is to axe 12,000 public service jobs.

He has also increased the efficiency dividend on public service departments and promised a “commission of audit” that will look at where more spending can be reduced.

348 comments

  • Why does this American take so much interest in us? He's making his dough elsewhere now as surely his Australian papers can't be pots of gold anymore.
    Then again, maybe he misses us? Ah, isn't that nice.

    Commenter
    Ted
    Date and time
    September 08, 2013, 3:29PM
    • He hasn't got Wendy to amuse him anymore!

      Commenter
      Clutching At Straws
      Date and time
      September 08, 2013, 4:34PM
    • @Ted - I am with you I dont understand why Murdoch cares. Maybe he is just longing for the old days when his global power was absolute. Australia is small fry & if profitable would be petty cash.
      Odd really....

      Commenter
      coolabine
      Location
      Adelaide
      Date and time
      September 08, 2013, 4:34PM
    • Told you all so... you all voted for Tony now you all have to eat the cake. I was waiting for these articles to pop up now. Here is to the next years of dark ages in Australia. Murdoch controls the media which is a sad fact. He is a powerful person who has control over much of what you see and read.

      Commenter
      Meh1
      Date and time
      September 08, 2013, 4:36PM
    • Murdoch is right, the wealthiest region in the nation is Canberrs and its wealth is built on the back of a bloated public service supported by tax dollars.

      just how many executives fid the dept of climate change under Gillard have.

      Commenter
      regh
      Date and time
      September 08, 2013, 4:43PM
    • The number of good people that this ignorant oligarch has put on the scrap heap through his power plays, mergers, and hostile takeovers are in the thousands and the only person to truly benefit was himself. He should keep his mouth shut. He is not even an Australian and I'm embarrassed that so many Australians are blind to this fact. That they were led by this miserly old man into believing the tabloid trash that his media has been spouting over these last 3 years.

      Commenter
      John Michaels
      Date and time
      September 08, 2013, 5:06PM
    • @ regh. Canberra is full of politicians and their own personal public servant employees. That is the biggest waste in the public service. The Coalition MPs are ALL Public Servants and take from the tax teat. But hey lets just blame every other public servant. Pack of hypocrites.

      Commenter
      Shane in QLD
      Date and time
      September 08, 2013, 5:10PM
    • Rupert is talking about the parliamentarians when he refers to public servants.

      Commenter
      Michael
      Date and time
      September 08, 2013, 5:13PM
    • I think it is time for anyone that disagrees with Murdoch to simply let him know that they won't be buying his papers anymore. Even though it's the only newspaper in town I will never buy another Courier Mail. So if you are a member of the ALP, a member or a union, a welfare recipient, a public service worker, or anybody else that doesn't like that idea that an American billionaire is disrupting Australian politics for his own ends, I would encourage you to do the same

      Commenter
      marktlog
      Location
      Highgate hill
      Date and time
      September 08, 2013, 5:14PM
    • Murdoch is like Mugabe, he has positioned himself in such a way he can't be ousted.

      But social welfare came into place to stop unemployed and vulnerable people from decendining into desperation.

      Desperation costs more in the long run. Crime, misery, abuse ...exploitation ...

      Welfare is literally cheaper than dealing with the consequences of not having welfare.

      Commenter
      sarajane
      Location
      melbourne
      Date and time
      September 08, 2013, 5:22PM

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