Statement on media staff numbers

The only spin in this story is the front page of the Daily Telegraph.

It's absolute nonsense to compare the media and communications staff that work in my office and the City of Sydney with the personal offices of the Premier and Prime Minister without taking into account the hundreds of media and communications staff that work in all of the State and Federal agencies that service the Government.

The Federal Government employs more than 1600 media and communications staff (across Ministerial offices and Departments), according to evidence given at Senate Estimates Committee.

Here are the facts:

The Office of the Lord Mayor has three communications staff members.

The Premier has four media and communication staff members.

The Prime Minister has four media and communication staff members.

The City Government has 12 media and communications staff members.

The Federal Government has nearly 1600 media and communication staff members.

The State Government has 22 Ministers, with at least one or two media and communications staff in each minister's office and then there are teams in each agency.

In 2013-14, the City media team managed 880 individual media inquiries and issued over 360 media releases nationally, and internationally, leading to media coverage valued at over $60 million.

And despite what the story says the budget for Media and Communications in the City of Sydney has remained stable for the last few years.

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