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Why the government scrapped its manufacturing job target.



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Media Release

 

BOB MCMULLAN MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY

MANAGER OF OPPOSITION BUSINESS

MEMBER FOR FRASER

 

17 December 1998

 

WHY THE GOVERNMENT SCRAPPED ITS MANUFACTURING JOB TARGET

 

Two weeks ago Senator Minchin dumped the Government’s commitment to a target of 200,000 new manufacturing jobs by the year 2000 — today the statistics have emerged which explain this backflip, the Shadow Minister for Industry, Bob McMullan, said today.

 

“Today we learn why Senator Minchin dumped the Government’s manufacturing employment target,” Mr McMullan said.

 

“The manufacturing employment figures released today show that from August to November 1998, 19,000 jobs were lost in the manufacturing sector.

 

“This is the third worst figure for manufacturing employment on record.

 

“To make matters worse, the figures also show that since this Government came to office in March 1996, 26,900 jobs have been lost in the manufacturing sector.

 

“These figures make a laughing stock of the Government’s now-dumped commitment to grow jobs in the manufacturing sector.

 

“Senator Minchin obviously decided to wear the odium of dumping the Government’s employment target rather than suffer the embarrassment of failing to meet it.

 

“In the process, he has only demonstrated — and today’s figures prove this fact — that the Government is not standing up for the manufacturing sector.

 

“Senator Minchin may reputedly have a big voice within the Government, but the silence is deafening when it comes to defending and promoting the manufacturing sector and manufacturing jobs,” Mr McMullan said.

 

For further information: David Fredericks 0418 667 360

 

 

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