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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 284

Graduate Employment

(Question Nos 623 and 625)


Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment, in writing, on 14 November 2014:

(1) Is the Minister aware that young Australian graduates are experiencing unprecedented tough competition to find work in fields such as accounting.

(2) In an environment of high national unemployment, and shaky business and consumer confidence, will the Minister consider reviewing the Government's business as usual‟ approach in respect of Australia's overseas student and migrant worker programs.


Mr Pyne: The Minister for Employment has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) I am aware that Graduate Careers Australia survey data shows that graduate outcomes have weakened in recent years, including for graduates of accounting studies.

(2) The Government has a comprehensive Economic Action Strategy to combat high unemployment and a lack of consumer confidence. Regrettably the Green Labor Alliance, including Mr Thomson, have opposed at every opportunity the Government's job creating policies.

If Mr Thomson was minded to stop continuing the economic vandalism from the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd Government, he may like to raise the Labor Party's opposition to all job creating policies with the Opposition Leader.