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Inquiry into older workers



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The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Workplace Relations

Chair

Dr Brendan Nelson, MP

Deputy Chair Mr Rod Sawford, MP

Members Mr Phillip Barresi, MP Mr Kerry Bartlett, MP Mr Craig Emerson, MP Ms Teresa Gambaro, MP Mrs Joanna Gash, MP Ms Julia Gillard, MP The Hon Bob Katter, MP

Mr Kim Wilkie, MP

Correspondence and inquires: Committee Secretary House of Representatives

Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Workplace Relations R1 116 Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

Tel (02) 6277 4573 Fax (02) 6277 4427 E-mail:

eewr.repsir/,aph.gov.au

Media Release — 19 March 1999

Inquiry into Older Workers

The Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, the Hon Peter Reith MP, has requested that the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Workplace Relations inquire into and report on:

The social, economic and industrial issues specific to workers over 45 years of age seeking employment, or establishing a business, following unemployment.

The Committee Chair, Dr Brendan Nelson, MP (Lib, NSW), said: “The plight of older workers facing redundancy and the prospect of unemployment or having to retrain to secure employment is a problem that is largely overlooked. It has certainly not received the attention that youth unemployment has.”

Dr Nelson said: “In general, older jobseekers face longer periods of unemployment than younger people and unemployment presents them with a particular set of problems. Employment difficulties for older workers may jeopardise retirement income security, particularly for women. Women also appear to suffer age discrimination at an earlier age than men whereas for men, employment difficulties are often linked to marriage break-ups.”

“The Committee is also interested in examining the circumstances of people who establish businesses following redundancy. In particular, are they properly skilled and fully informed before putting redundancy and superannuation payments at risk to begin a business?”

The Committee is inviting submissions from all interested organisations and individuals. On the basis of submissions received, the Committee will be taking evidence at public hearings throughout Australia, starting in June. The Committee has asked that written submissions be forwarded by 30 April 1999 if possible, although the Committee will accept submissions throughout the course of the inquiry.

Written submissions should be forwarded to:

The Secretary, _

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Workplace Relations Rl, 116, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.

Emailed submissions to ecwr.rcps(if aph.gov.au will be accepted provided they include a postal address.