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Promoting the participation agenda.



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Hon Brendan O'Connor MP

Minister for Employment Participation 05 December, 2007

Media Release

Promoting the participation agenda

The Hon Brendan O’Connor MP this week got to work as the new Minister for Employment Participation.

"To be genuinely included in society, all Australians need to be able to play a full role in Australian life," Mr

O’Connor said.

"A fundamental part of this is finding and keeping a job."

Mr O’Connor said he is looking forward to implementing the Rudd Government’s agenda for employment

participation.

"All Australians should have the opportunity to build a rewarding social and economic life," Mr O’Connor said.

As well as being good for individuals, increased participation in the workforce benefits local communities,

regions and the broader economy. Communities are more prosperous and cohesive when those who can work

do work.

Australia has a large pool of under-utilised workers, including the unemployed, the under-employed, young

workers, parents looking to return to work and older Australians.

"This is a key economic challenge for Australia," Mr O’Connor said.

"The combination of an ageing population and a chronic skills shortage means we cannot afford to have

potential workers excluded from the labour market."

"The job starts now. I will be working with industry, with employers, with workers and with job seekers to

ensure that anyone who is able to work can be a full and active participant in Australia’s growing economy."

For further information contact:

Colin Robertson 0425 746 936