Posted on 23. Aug, 2011 in News

The announcement that more jobs will be lost in Victoria is further evidence why the Baillieu Government must stop dithering and instead start delivering an action plan to create jobs, Shadow Employment Minister Tim Pallas said today.

Mr Pallas said reports that 200 jobs will be lost when Bluescope Steel closes its plant at Western Port follows a long list of manufacturing job losses in Victoria under the Baillieu Government.

“Our thoughts are with those families that will be impacted by the closure of the plant,” Mr Pallas said.

“This won’t just hurt workers but will impact on their families and the community.

“The rising Australian dollar is putting strain on the state’s manufacturing industry and that’s why it’s time Mr Baillieu outlines how his Government will protect Victoria’s manufacturing sector and jobs.

“Instead, Mr Baillieu has spent the past nine months talking down Victoria’s economy and doing nothing to create jobs.”

Mr Pallas said Mr Baillieu had a responsibility to make sure Victoria remained a competitive place to do business.

“Victorians deserve to know what Mr Baillieu plans to do to attract investment to the state and create jobs to ensure more Victorians are not left out of work,” he said.

“When will the Baillieu Government stop dithering and produce a jobs action plan?”

Mr Pallas said the Baillieu Government had admitted it was taking a hands-off approach to jobs creation.

In Parliament on 1 June, 2011, Liberal Minister Louise Asher said: “…there is a fundamental point of philosophical difference between the opposition and the government, and that is that the opposition seems to think the government’s role is to provide jobs… [the Government] will allow the private sector to create jobs.”

“The Baillieu Government has admitted it’s taking a hands-off approach to jobs creation,” Mr Pallas said.

“It’s disappointing the Baillieu Government has failed to understand that jobs growth doesn’t happen by accident.

“Jobs growth happens when a Government has a plan to drive the economy and attract investment and it’s time Mr Baillieu gets on with the job of delivering.”


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