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May 03, 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will commit funding for 40 full time Department of Human Services jobs in Gorton. 

These new jobs will include local service delivery as well as call centre roles, and will reduce waiting and processing times for Medicare and Centrelink. 

Centrelink is in crisis under the Morrison Government. It's understaffed and under-resourced. 

The Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government has cut and outsourced over 2,700 staff from DHS and Centrelink. 

These cuts have coincided with increased Centrelink phone wait times, and income support recipients being pushed to the edge of poverty waiting months for their payments. 

Labor is focused on increasing jobs and services where they are needed, including Gorton. We’re listening to the local community and making the investments needed to build a stronger local economy. 

These jobs are part of the 160 jobs that Labor has committed to create in Victoria, with another 40 jobs in each of the electorates of Dunkley, Lalor and Bendigo.  

There are nearly 14,000 Age Pension recipients in Gorton, who have faced lengthy phone wait times to Centrelink, as well as lengthy wait times for their pensions to be approved.  

There are nearly 6,000 Disability Support Pension recipients, over 18,000 Family Tax Benefit recipients and over 7500 Carer Allowance recipients who will all benefit from increased support as a result of these jobs. 

“This is an investment by Labor in better jobs and better services for Victoria” said Ed Husic, Shadow Minister for Human Services. 

“Apart from the fact these 160 jobs will provide a welcome economic boost, these full time, well-trained, permanent staff will be there to help Victorians when they need it most” he said.  

Federal Member for Gorton, Brendan O’Connor said “The local families, carers, students and pensioners of Gorton deserve better Medicare and Centrelink service delivery.”  

“This commitment of 40 new jobs for Gorton is great for the local economy. If Labor is elected, it will inject around $3 million into our local community.  

“Centrelink provides essential services to the people of Melbourne’s West, and this commitment will significantly increase its capacity to help locals.” 

This election is a choice between better access to quality services versus the cruel cuts and chaos of Scott Morrison’s Liberals.