98,300 VIC JOBS OVER THE YEAR BUT NEED NBN FOR MANY MORE

98,300 VIC JOBS OVER THE YEAR BUT NEED NBN FOR MANY MORE

Posted on 13. Aug, 2010 in Victoria

Almost 100,000 Victorian jobs have been created in Victoria over the past 12 months – the largest increase of any state – reaffirming Victoria’s reputation as the job-creating capital of the nation according to a report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.

Treasurer John Lenders said the statistics also showed Victoria had created 48,200 full-time jobs over the past year as the State continued to defy the economic aftershocks following the Global Financial Crisis.

“The Brumby Labor Government’s strong leadership is keeping our economy heading in the right direction and Victoria is generating more jobs than any other state,” Mr Lenders said.

“By working in partnership with the Commonwealth Government we are preventing the worst of the Global Financial Crisis from crossing the Victorian border.”

Mr Lenders said that while the jobs numbers were welcome, the biggest job-creating project for Victoria’s future was currently under threat from the Liberal and National parties.

“Tony Abbott’s plan to scrap Labor’s National Broadband Network and Ted Baillieu’s weak refusal to stand up to him means they are set to be the biggest Victorian job killers since the Global Financial Crisis,” Mr Lenders said.

“Ted Baillieu and Tony Abbott don’t understand the internet and why it is important for the future of Victoria’s economy.

“Labor’s NBN locks in the next era of prosperity for Victoria’s economy – and the Liberal and National parties want to take that away.

“Under Labor’s plan, more than 700 Victorian jobs will be created when the hub of the NBN is built here and tens of thousands more will be created when the fibre is rolled out across the State.

“But even more than that, the NBN will mean thousands more flow-on jobs will be created as Melbourne becomes the ICT capital of Australia.

“Tony Abbott and Ted Baillieu are determined to destroy that momentum by scrapping the NBN and its Melbourne-based hub.”

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