THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS
MEMBER FOR GORTON
New economic analysis has revealed Victoria’s already high unemployment rate is set to soar in the next two years as the Abbott Government’s lack of support for the state’s manufacturing base begins to bite, Shadow Employment and Workplace Relations Brendan O’Connor said today.
Macroeconomics says Victoria will overtake Tasmania in 2016-17 as its unemployment rate climbs from 6.8 per cent to 7.3 per cent and Tasmania’s slips to 7 per cent.
Mr O’Connor said Prime Minister Tony Abbott had delivered a one-two punch to Victorian workers by turning his back on manufacturing industries and delivering an unfair budget full of broken promises.
“After overseeing the death of the car industry and an uncertain future for thousands of Victorian workers, Mr Abbott then delivered a cruel budget, bursting with cuts to support for job seekers,” he said.
“With an already alarming unemployment rate of 6.8 per cent in October, Victorians deserve better than a Premier and Prime Minister who have no plans other than attacking people already doing it tough.
“Instead of outlining a jobs plan to help people find work, Mr Abbott’s only idea is to force job seekers under 30 to apply for 40 jobs every month or be cut off from income support.
“Mr Abbott’s Cabinet ministers are too busy fighting for their own jobs while Victorians are being denied a fighting chance to find a job of their own.”
Mr O’Connor said the growing problem of national youth unemployment must be a top priority for next week’s G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane.
“Youth unemployment is now much more than double Australia’s national unemployment rate of 6.2 per cent,” he said.
“That’s of great concern to the Opposition and it should of great concern to the Abbott Government.
“Mr Abbott should the raise the youth unemployment crisis as a matter of urgency at the G20 Leaders’ Summit and hope his international counterparts have better ideas than he does.”
TUESDAY, 11 NOVEMBER 2014
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