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Labor will destroy jobs in Australia.



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THE HON KEVIN ANDREWS MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE

Media Release

01204

Labor will destroy jobs in Australia

Mark Latham’s Labor Party will destroy jobs in Australia, Federal Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews said today.

“Australians have a clear choice - a Coalition Government which is about creating jobs and Mark Latham’s Labor Party which is about destroying jobs,” Mr Andrews said.

“Mark Latham has said nothing new today.

“His hero is Gough Whitlam and all he and his union mates want to do is take us back to the past.

“More than 1.3 million jobs have been created since the Howard Government was elected in 1996 and real wages have increased by 16.3 per cent.

“Unemployment is 5.6 per cent - the lowest in 14 years - and we have an historic opportunity to lock in lower unemployment.

“The Coalition Government is focussed on creating more jobs - and better paying jobs - for more Australians, including mature-age Australians and people on welfare.

“That means more Australians can benefit from the nation’s growing prosperity and provides greater security for their families.

“Labor puts all that at risk with its plans to wind back the clock, re-regulate Australian workplaces, reduce choice and flexibility for employers and employees and slug employers with extra costs.

“The message is simple - Labor and its union mates will destroy jobs in Australia.”

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Felicity Dargan Press Secretary 0409 550 446

29/01/2004