The Courier-Mail

Act­ing up over cuts

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MORE than $500,000 is spent each year by the NSW Gov­ern­ment to pay ac­tors pre­tend­ing to be rail van­dals as part of the train­ing of front­line trans­port staff at the same time it is cut­ting back on se­cu­rity staff.

The Op­po­si­tion com­plained at a Bud­get Es­ti­mates hear­ing yesterday that while the money is set aside for the ac­tors, the Gov­ern­ment is re­duc­ing the num­ber of night se­cu­rity guards who pa­trol sta­tions and rail fa­cil­i­ties.

Trans­port Min­is­ter An­drew Con­stance con­firmed that 15 se­cu­rity staff, em­ployed by SNP Se­cu­rity, have been axed as part of a se­cu­rity re­view that will save the Gov­ern­ment $3 mil­lion.

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