Posted on 10. May, 2013 in News
The Napthine Liberal Government’s failure to produce a jobs plan after nearly three years in office has seen unemployment jump yet again with Victoria recording a youth unemployment rate of 21% – the highest in Australia, Shadow Employment Minister Tim Pallas said today.
Mr Pallas said today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics April figures showed 5700 more people had become unemployed and the unemployment rate rising from 5.7% to 5.8%.
When asked about the youth unemployment figures in Parliament today Mr Napthine refused to answer a single Opposition question or even acknowledge official youth unemployment figures under his watch.
“Such is the arrogance of the Premier that he refused to acknowledge that youth unemployment is sitting at 21% when asked in Parliament today,” Mr Pallas said.
“Astonishingly Mr Napthine told Parliament that students were moving out of training courses because there were no jobs in related industries.
“Even the Premier admitted his Government is failing to create employment opportunities for Victoria’s youth.
“How can young Victorians trust this government when one in five of them have no job and will continue to have limited opportunities due to cuts in TAFE and vital support for apprentices?”
Mr Pallas said 34,000 people had become unemployed under the Napthine Liberal Government in just two and a half years.
“The ABS figures confirm Victoria’s continued slide under the Napthine Government compared to other mainland states with only Tasmania worse off,” Mr Pallas said.
“Such is the poor management of Victoria under the Napthine Government that NSW has had a better unemployment rate than Victoria for more than a year now.
“This is the first time in over a decade that Victoria has been behind NSW and the Napthine Government is responsible.
“Today’s unemployment figures are yet again shocking news for Victorian families and are clearly the result of the failures of the Napthine Government.
“The Liberal Government has failed to deliver its promised jobs in the past two budgets and it seems it has completely abandoned a jobs target in this budget.
“What the Napthine Government has delivered on is thousands of job losses in the public sector and cut hundreds of millions of dollars from health, education and TAFE.
“These actions prove the Napthine Government cannot be trusted to put Victorian families first and grow the Victorian economy.”