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THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS
MEMBER FOR GORTON

In a desperate attempt to save his own job Australia’s Treasurer, Joe Hockey, is now seeking to claim credit for creating jobs, despite always believing it was business not government that does so.

Today, the Reserve Bank Governor, Glenn Stevens, warned that the unemployment rate trend has been rising and that is likely to continue.

Mr Stevens’ warning comes on the back of yesterday’s Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABC) labour force figures, which showed the nation’s unemployment rate had ballooned to 6.4 per cent under the Abbott Government, the highest in more than 12 years.

Most alarmingly the ABS survey showed that 100,000 more Australians are lined up on the unemployment queue since Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey took office.

Knowing that unemployment has been rising under his Treasurership, Joe Hockey, has ditched his long held belief that business creates jobs.

On numerous occasions the Treasurer has said it was business that creates jobs, not government.

In 2009, Mr Hockey said:

Kevin Rudd doesn’t understand government doesn’t create jobs, business creates jobs. And if you undermine business confidence, if you undermine consumer confidence, they’re not going to continue to employ people.

Lateline – 4 March 2009

As the Shadow Treasurer in 2010 he reiterated his point:

Well business creates jobs, governments don’t create jobs. And business creates jobs. I stand by that.

Sunrise – 18 August 2010

And just before the most recent election:

From my perspective, it is business that creates jobs.

Doorstop – 17 July 2013

However, in a last ditch effort to cling to his job the Treasurer has changed his mind and is now seeking to claim credit:

…last year under the Abbott Government, we created 600 new jobs every day, which was three times the speed of the previous year under Labor.

2GB – 5 February 2015

The Treasurer can’t have his cake and eat it too.
Like Malcolm Turnbull, it seems as if Joe Hockey only believes in something until it’s politically convenient not to.

If the Treasurer is now seeking to claim credit for job creation he must accept responsibility for the 12,200 Australians who lost their job last month.

The Treasurer must also accept responsibility for:

  • The highest unemployment rate in Australia since 2001;
  • The highest number of Australians on the jobless queue since 1994 – 795,000;
  • The highest single month rise in the jobless rate in 3 years;
  • Business confidence plummeting;
  • South Australia having the highest unemployment rate in the country; and
  • Being a part of the Government that has given Australia its highest youth unemployment rate in 13 years.

Unlike Joe Hockey, Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull or whoever else wants the top jobs in government; Labor will fight to protect the jobs, living standards, and opportunities for all Australians.

Labor is the only party that takes unemployment seriously.

FRIDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2015

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