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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