Posted on 03. Sep, 2012 in News

The Baillieu Government’s failure to invest in Victoria has contributed to 17 consecutive months of falling job advertisements, Shadow Minister for Employment Tim Pallas said today.

The ANZ Jobs advertisement research found the number of Victorian job advertisements continued to fall, recording a drop of 10.4 per cent for August or 33.8 per cent for the year to August.

Mr Pallas said these were yet again shocking figures and further evidence that the no action, no plan Baillieu Government is hurting the Victorian economy.

“Month after month the Baillieu Government fails to invest in jobs, infrastructure, manufacturing and skills and in doing so the Victorian economy continues to go backwards,” Mr Pallas said.

“Victoria two-years ago was the engine room of the Australian economy and the envy of all other states.

“Under the Baillieu Liberal-National Government, Victoria continues to be the dead-weight of the Australian economy because of Mr Baillieu’s inaction.

“These figures clearly indicate the Victorian business community do not have confidence in the dithering Baillieu Government.

“Continuing falls in job advertisements makes it harder for unemployed Victorians to gain work, especially given the government has slashed TAFE and education funding.”

Mr Pallas said Treasurer Kim Wells promise to create more than 50,000 jobs was now looking like many Baillieu Government promises – nothing but a pipe dream.

Mr Pallas said Mr Baillieu may not want to work hard to create and protect jobs, but Labor does and that’s why it is developing a jobs and investment plan for Victoria.

“Unlike Mr Baillieu, Labor understands what it takes to get Victoria’s economy moving,” he said.


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