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GOVERNMENT’S TIN EAR ON ISSUES FACING UNEMPLOYED AND UNDEREMPLOYED

August 28, 2019

The Government has once again stooped to attacking job seekers, rather than coming up with a jobs plan for Australians looking for any work or more work.
 
The Acting Prime Minister, Michael McCormack yesterday commented that people over 55 years of age who are worried about getting a job should simply “look to regional Australia.”
 
This comment follows a recent statement from Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash, who said, “there are jobs out there for those who want them.
 
If it is that easy for all Australians seeking work, let alone those over 55, why is it that:

  • For every one job vacancy there are three jobs seekers?
  • There more than 1 million Australians underemployed?
  • There 1.8 million Australians either looking for a job or more work, but can’t find it?

 
Everyone other than this government knows that the current labour market system must work better, connecting unemployed Australians with decent, stable jobs.
 
Rather than simply attacking people struggling to get work in order to distract from their own internal division, the Government should help people to get decent, secure work.
 

WE'LL PUT PEOPLE FIRST