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Its official: Anderson has cost 73,000 jobs.



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MEDIA RELEASE Cheryl Kernot MP Shadow Minister for Employment and Training

19/9/01 ITS OFFICIAL: ANDERSON HAS COST 73,000 JOBS

Respected economic forecaster Dr Peter Brain has released data today showing that 53,000 jobs will be lost in Australia as a direct result of the Ansett collapse (not including tourist jobs). In addition Alan Midwood of Midwood Tourism and Development has stated that an extra 20,000 jobs will be lost on top of this in the tourism sector in Australia.

This brings to 73,000 the total number of jobs that these respected economists claim will be lost.

Commenting on the forecast job losses, Cheryl Kernot, Shadow Minister for Employment and Training said today:

“It is now confirmed that John Anderson’s head in the sand approach to his warning about Ansett’s collapse will end up costing 73,000 Australians their jobs. All other things being equal, job losses like these could push the unemployment rate as high as 7.5%.

“Many regional towns will be hit hard from the loss of Ansett and its subsidiaries’ flights. These towns relied on these flights to bring in tourists and other business. Unemployment could skyrocket in these areas. Arrangements for replacement flights to these areas seem haphazard and there is no long term plan.

“In addition John Anderson has said that he has only arranged for flights in 23 of the 34 regional areas that have been left with no air service at all. There are also numerous reports of existing air services simply not coping with the massive excess demand in other regional centres previously serviced by Ansett.

“Many of these towns who will experience Anderson’s job losses are in regional Coalition electorates which already have very high unemployment: Towns that lost Ansett service

Federal Member

Electorate Party Latest unemployment rate (%)

Unemployment ranking in Australia

Bundaberg, Gladstone Paul Neville

Hinkler Nat 14.7 1st

Ballina Larry

Anthony

Richmond Nat 14.0 2nd

Hervey Bay Warren Truss Wide Bay Nat 13.7 3rd

Coffs Harbour

Gary Nehl Cowper Nat 13.2 4th

Mackay De-Anne

Kelly

Dawson Nat 13.0 6th

Casino Ian

Causley

Page Nat 11.1 14th

Dr Peter Brain can be contacted on 03 94888444.

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