Hockey to swing axe on public sector

Over 200 spending programs will be slashed in next week’s budget, thousands of jobs to go.

More than 200 spending programs will be slashed in next week’s federal budget as Joe Hockey vows to shrink the size of government in a “big, structural change” to save billions of dollars.

Agencies will be closed and thousands of staff retrenched over the coming months in a drastic overhaul that will start with the loss of 3000 positions in the Treasurer’s own portfolio.

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