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October 14, 2020

Anglicare Australia’s Jobs Availability Snapshot throws a dark shadow on the employment prospects for jobseekers, particularly with the Government’s underwhelming response to the Morrison Recession. 
The report reveals more than 100 jobseekers are competing for every low-skilled job vacancy across the nation.
Many of the jobseekers in the Jobs Snapshot are older Australians, and yet it has been revealed today that the Government’s Restart program, which it touts as its signature policy for Australians over 50, has been an utter failure in getting older people into work. Not only is it undersubscribed, 40 per cent of workers under this program were without work within three months.

If Scott Morrison was serious about driving down unemployment and kick starting the recovery, he would not be excluding almost a million Australians aged over 35 on unemployment payments from his new multi-billion-dollar wage subsidy scheme.
These Australians are rapidly approaching the JobSeeker Christmas cliff with no certainty about the future of their support payments and will now find themselves competing with a subsidised younger workforce.
There is no plan from this government to lift the permanent rate of JobSeeker from $40 per day, tackle insecure work, create opportunities for women or to improve access to child care.

An Albanese Labor Government will train thousands of workers and our next generation of tradies through our Jobs and Skills Guarantee; we will build and manufacture in Australia through our national Rail Manufacturing Plan; we will cut child care fees and put more money into the pockets of working families.  We’ve called on the Government to, right now, create work for thousands of tradies in almost every suburb and town across Australia by investing half a billion dollars to fast-track urgent repairs to social housing.
In the depths of this crisis the country needs a comprehensive jobs plan, but the Morrison Government is leaving Australia with one trillion dollars of debt, but is still expecting unemployment to increase.
Decisions taken by the Coalition mean that the Morrison Recession will be deeper and longer than necessary, push more workers onto the unemployment queues and jeopardise Australia’s recovery.