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Govt youth job strategy - shoot the messenger, deny reality: Hill



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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR ROBERT HILL LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Thursday, June 18 60/92

GOVT YOUTH JOB STRATEGY - SHOOT THE MESSENGER. DENY REALITY: HILL

The Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Robert Hill, today said the Federal Government's strategy to deal with

Australia's shockingly high youth unemployment rate was to shoot the messenger and deny reality.

"The Government's response to the shocking level of youth unemployment plumbed new depths today," Senator Hill said.

"On Tuesday, I asked Senator Button to outline what the

Government would do to address the youth unemployment crisis, but he could not be bothered providing a serious response.

"Today in Question Time, he continued Mr Keating's strategy of attacking last week's ABS youth unemployment figures.

"He advanced no policy initiatives, despite repeatedly being asked how the Government would address the crisis.

"Senator Button's only answer was to talk down the ABS figures and attack the Opposition.

"In attacking the value of the ABS figures, the Government is shooting the messenger.

"The Government is trying to deny reality and is insulting the intelligence of all Australians by claiming that the unemployment figures aren't what they appear.

"Mr Keating's response of calling a youth jobs summit is a

completely inadequate response.

"So often with Labor, summits have been used as an excuse for inaction and to conceal the fact that the Government is bereft of policies and vision.

"The way to provide jobs is to improve the prospects of business by reforming and reducing taxation and freeing up the labour market - as spelled out in FightbackI

"Only the Coalition has a policy package which offers real hope for the one million Australians - including now a record number of youth - who are unemployed."

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