Posted on 24. Jun, 2013 in News

Manufacturing jobs continue to plummet under the Napthine Government’s mismanagement of the Victorian economy, Shadow Minister for Manufacturing, Adem Somyurek, said today.

Mr Somyurek said the Australian Bureau of Statistics manufacturing figures released this week painted a bleak picture of the industry under the Napthine Government.

Total manufacturing employment in Victoria fell by 5.9 per cent or 18,500 jobs over the 12 month period to May with 15,200 full time jobs lost.

Outer eastern metropolitan Melbourne saw a drop of 26 per cent, north eastern metropolitan region employment fell 6.44 per cent and outer west Melbourne region saw full time manufacturing employment fall 4.08 per cent.

“Premier Denis Napthine and Treasurer Michael O’Brien may want to gloat and claim the economy is strong but the reality is businesses are closing and Victorians are losing their jobs,” Mr Somyurek said.

“You cannot grow the Victorian economy without a jobs and investment plan and after nearly three years the Napthine Government has failed to produce one.

“To make matters worse NSW manufacturing employment jumped 7.3 per cent over the same period that Victoria went backwards.

“Mr Napthine needs to take responsibility for the declining manufacturing employment which is sliding faster than any other state.”

Mr Somyurek said at the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) hearing Manufacturing Minister David Hodgett confirmed the Napthine Government had no jobs creation target or plan for Victoria’s manufacturing industries.

“Not only did Mr Hodgett not know what the Napthine Government’s local procurement target was, but he admitted the Government did not have a jobs creation target for the manufacturing sector,” Mr Somyurek said.

“This Government has previously had to be dragged kicking and screaming to support manufacturing and the Minister’s comments at PAEC have done nothing to make the industry feel any more secure.

“The Napthine Government is having its strings pulled by Federal Liberal Leader Tony Abbott who wants to rip millions of dollars from the manufacturing industry that supports thousands of jobs right across Victoria.”

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