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10.2% unemployment: Labor - a bunch of tired, social justice failures



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• ' V " :· Liberal Senator for Victoria

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SOCIAL SECURITY

N E W S R E L E A S E

10.2% Unemployment

Labor - A Bunch o f Tired, Social Justice Failures

Today's shocking unemployment and JSA/Newstart figures demonstrate the total failure of the Government's economic policies.

Newstart Allowance figures have risen by more than 10,000 in one month representing a 6.1% increase in the number of dole recipients unemployed for 12 or more months.

The Labor Government was elected in 1983 with a mandate to create jobs. Unemployment is now 10.2% with no relief in sight. Labor has lost its interest and lost its mandate.

The Prime Minister's constant harping about 1.3 million new jobs having been created since 1983 is now hollow, tired and irrelevant.

What he can more properly claim credit for is the 872,100 Australians he has put out of work.

With these 872,100 shattered lives swinging around his neck the Prime Minister is nothing but a social justice failure.

But, the answer is not as ACOSS would have us believe, a reduction in benefit waiting periods and an increase in benefit rates.

The answer is jobs - jobs that are created not simply because the Government decides to run a budget deficit, but jobs which will come through the reforms offered by the Coalition: tax reform, industrial relations reform, reform of the micro-economy and welfare reform.

For farther information contact: Senator Richard Alston on [06] 277 3605.

Thursday, 10 October 1991. COMMONWEALTH

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