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Thursday, 14 February 2013
Page: 1464

Employment


Mr HOCKEY (North Sydney) (14:46): My question is to the Treasurer. I refer the Treasurer to his last answer, when he said it was important to get the facts right. I refer him to the fact that he stated that the current unemployment rate is 5.1 per cent. Would the Treasurer advise the House what the actual current unemployment rate is?


Mr SWAN (LilleyDeputy Prime Minister and Treasurer) (14:47): Yes, I do think it is important and it is 5.4 per cent. I made a mistake, but the one thing I think we should all understand is this: keeping unemployment low and creating jobs requires strong economic growth, and everything this government has done has kept our economy strong and kept jobs growing; 5.4 is the envy of the world.

Mr Hockey: Sit down, Wayne, you're finished!

The SPEAKER: The member for North Sydney might be finished in a moment!

Ms Julie Bishop interjecting

The SPEAKER: The Deputy Leader of the Opposition is warned.