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LABOUR MARKET DETERIOATES

The labour market further deterioated in July, according to ABS figures that indicate a big fall in employment and a rise in the unemployment rate to 9.8 per cent, John Dawkins said today.

Mr Dawkins, the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, said the figures gave a more realistic indication of the labour market than the lower estimates recorded in the previous two months.

"I have been saying for some time now that in terms of a recovery in the labour market, the figures are likely to get worse before they get better," said Mr Dawkins.

'The job market is usually the last indicator to respond in economic ups and downs, and the big fall in employment last month certainly mirrors what was happening in the economy a few months ago," Mr Dawkins said.

The Minister said that despite the recent falls in employment, the Government had still created 1.4 million jobs since it took office.

The level of teenage unemployment is still much lower than it was when the Government took office, with the proportion of the teenage population unemployed at 8.7 per cent, compared to 12.3 per cent in 1983.

By State, Western Australia had the highest unemployment rate at 11.2 per cent followed by Tasmania (11.1 per cent), Queensland (10.5 per cent), South Australia (10.4 per cent) and Victoria (10.3 per cent). NSW continued to have

the lowest rate at 8.8 per cent.

Mr Dawkins said that he was confident that the Government's response to the economic downturn, with lower interest rates and lower inflation, would set the scene for a sustained improvement in the economy and the labour market.

August 8,1991 COMMONWEALTH

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REPRESENTING HON JOHN DAWKINS

AT OFFICIAL OPENING OF

STAGE VI, COMPUTING AND BUSINESS CENTRE

MT DRUTTT COLLEGE OF TAPE

ON THURSDAY, 8 AUGUST 1991

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Opening of Stage VI, Mt Druitt TAFE, 8 August 1991

WRONG SIGNALS

Often TAFE has been seen as the poor relation to the higher education

sector. Students who wish to pursue a career that does not involve higher

education are seen as very much second class students. Anyone who believes

this is sadly mistaken.

As a society we are sending the wrong signals to our children. Too many

students in Years 11 and 12 are hostage to the higher school certificate

because they have no desire or intention to go on to university. Preparing

young Australians for their alternative career choices is largely ignored. I live

for the day that there will be a Higher Vocational Certificate - and all that

goes with it - for the majority of students.

But to give credit where credit is due we are seeing more vocationally

oriented subjects being offered at schools. And you will also note in particular

the increased links between schools and TAFE. This is all for the better.

SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS

Since the Restless Years Report into secondary school retention rates was

tabled in Federal Parliament I have remained a staunch advocate of Senior

High Schools. Mt Druitt still has an unrealised ambition to have a public

senior high school,

I note over the weekend an announcement that the Northern Suburbs is to

have a Senior High School along the lines of those in Tasmania. I welcome

this announcement but clearly there needs to be a fresh public campaign to

have our own Public Senior High School.

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The people of Mt Druitt should not just rest easy at this welcomed extension

of the Mt Druitt TAPE, An essential part of developing educational

opportunities, and realising the potential of our talented young people, has to

be in the creation of a public senior high school in Mt Druitt.

EDUCATION REVOLUTION

Where is the link between the senior high schools and TAPE? Quite simply,

Australia is undergoing a revolution in its thinking and approach to

education. Slowly we are recognising the link between education and

employment and realising that many courses must have a practical

orientation. Senior High Schools and TAFE's, like this very one, will be

delivering Australia's future - a skilled workforce that can adapt and adopt

new technology and new ways of thinking.

Industry is coming to realise that it too has to put its money and time where

its mouth is and involve itself much more in the training process. Industry is

coming to see the benefits of being involved in the education of its workforce

both initially and during the lifetime of their employees.

Mt Druitt TAFE's Computing and Business centre demonstrates how we have

to adapt to the changes in Australia's work organisation: of more efficient

management of new technologies and of people entering the workplace with

new, more complex skills.

The Commonwealth Government is firmly committed to a partnership

approach not only between TAPE and industry but between the

Commonwealth and State Governments to bring about the necessary changes

in attitudes and practices which will improve the skills base of our workforce.

In these tough times we need ensure that the nation's skills base does not

decline.

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Opening of Stage VI, Mt Druitt TAFE, 8 August 1991

Besides providing the $3 million to the development of Mt Druitt TAFE's

Computing and Business Centre, we are providing funds to put 10,000 young

people into pre-vocational training; we have initiated a jobskills program at a

cost of $70 million to give work experience to the long term unemployed and

we are putting money into ensuring that apprentices at risk because of the

recession can complete their apprenticeship,

I am confident that the NSW Government will also be committed to

providing support in this area to promote education and training strategies

and programs to assist the people of NSW, especially the young people, to

increase their skills and knowledge and enhance their job prospects.

The path to reform is not easy and that there has been considerable pain

attached to the changes taking place within TAFE. We have begun the

process now in many areas such as curriculum reform, skills recognition,

credit transfer and articulation, portability of qualifications and recognition

of training providers.

CONCLUSION

No society can rest easy when significant numbers of people do not have

their full potential realised. This is a special challenge for us in Mt Druitt.

Mt Druitt TAFE will have an ongoing role in this regard.

Thank you.

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