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Unemployment - Matter of Public Importance debate contribution

MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE proposed by the Australian Labor Party:

“The Abbott Government is presiding over the highest unemployment rate since 2002 and the highest number of unemployed Australians since 1994”


It’s been said that any place you can’t leave is a prison. Well Mr Acting Deputy President, you can’t leave workplace regulation. It’s a prison. And when I ask why we lock people up like this, I am told “Oh it’s for their own good - we don’t want them to be exploited.”

This is a grotesque infringement on liberty, freedom and dignity. It violates a person’s right to get a job and provide for themselves and their families. It is unjust and unfair - particularly to the young people of my home state of South Australia where youth unemployment is over 40% in some areas. But why is it, Mr Acting Deputy President, that a person over the age of 18 is permitted to:

• get married • have children • drive a motor vehicle • buy a house • take out a mortgage • travel to some of the most dangerous places on earth • smoke cigarettes • drink alcohol • serve in the army • and Vote

… but is not permitted to get a job on terms and conditions which suit them and their family?

Unemployment in South Australia remains the nation’s highest.

If State and Labor governments genuinely want to fix this tragic problem, then let unemployed people out of the workplace regulation prison!

10 August 2015