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Minister for employment has no plan for job creation.



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Thu, 18th September 2008 MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT HAS NO PLAN FOR JOB CREATION

The Hon Julie Bishop MP Deputy Leader of the Opposition Shadow Minister for Employment, Business and Workplace Relations (to 22 September 2008)

The announcement today that Telstra will shed 800 staff makes it even more important for the Rudd Government to focus on job creation.

With the Budget forecasting 134,000 job losses of over the next year and the Reserve Bank forecasting an additional 100,000 job losses, it is concerning that the Minister for Employment appears to have no strategy to create additional jobs.

The Minister spoke for one hour at the National Press Club this week about workplace relations but failed to mention job creation once in her speech.

Business confidence in the Federal Government has collapsed to record lows since the election of the Rudd Government, and I urge Julia Gillard to focus on ensuring Australian business has the confidence and ability to keep unemployment at the record lows inherited from the Howard Government.