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Keating disowns his "go get a job" jibe



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SENATOR IAN G. CAMPBELL S H A D O W M IN IS T E R FOR SPORT, R E C R E A TIO N & Y O U T H A FFAIR S

KEATING DISOWNS HIS “GO GET A JOB” JIBE

February 12, 1996

Paul Keating has given Australia’s young jobless yet another reason not to vote for him by blatantly lying about his infamous ‘Go get a job" comment, the Coalition said today.

Shadow Youth Minister Senator Ian Campbell said the amazing Keating denial came in last night's Great Debate

Pressed whether he had apologised for telling a group of young protesters from Adelaide University to "go get a job", Mr Keating told mediator Ray Martin:

“ No...I didn't...that was...that was...l didn’t say: ‘Go get a job' Someone was, someone..."

Mr Keating's original comment, made on March 23, 1995 and broadcast nationally on almost every television news bulletin, was:

‘Go and get a job.. Go and do a bit of work like the rest of us”.

Senator Campbell said Mr Keating's attempt to re-write history almost a year to the day after t happened was typical.

Here we are in an election campaign where youth unemployment is one of the top issues and Mr Keating wants to pretend he didn't insult young Australians," Senator Campbell said,

"Almost 780,000 Australians can't ‘get a job’, thanks to his government.

His original statement was insulting and degrading and his denial is more so.

'^au Keating can't be trusted to tell the truth about something we all know he said what else is he lying aoojt?"

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KEATING:

Coni'» on, romo on. come on, come on John.

HOWARD:

...And you know, i t ’s not ..it’s not a jo kin g matter. It’s the most serious social issue in ih.is election campaign ..

KEATING:

Ray Ray.

HOWARD:

...and you’ve been there 13 years.

KEATING;

Ray, John sard he acknowledged the 713,000. We had a target o f 500,000, we were ridiculed for it. We are now at 713.000, v3% employment growth every year, 10 times the pace o f western Europe. 3 times tire pace every year on average under the Coalition

Government...

MARTIN:

But you’re still 777,000 people out o f work...

KEATING:

I know . I kne w b u t.. but it ’s not good enough simply for John to say he acknowledges it, when he blaggards the Government up bill and down dale every week on unemployment Our record on emplojxnent growth has been as strong as it's ever been in Australia. And can 1 just sax- on youth unemployment, on youth unemployment when l introduced

Working Nation, when I said wc wouldn’t leave the unemployed behind, the long term unemployed or young people behind, his predecessor in office said it was a waste o f monev And that is M r Downer, when he was speaking for the Opposition. A nd Ray, can just say th a t.. this...

MARTIN:

Did did y m apologise for those young people you told to go get a job?

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KEATING:

N o..I didn’t.. Uidt was., that was.. I didn't say pn oet,a jnh. Someone was. someone...

HOWARD:

Somebody’s putting words in your mouth, are they?

KEATING:

No. no get the context rig h t There were 158,000 15-19 year olds out o f w ork when you were last ίυ office. John. Ib is year there's 88,000. 40% less. .And let me also tell you, when you were in office 3 young people out o f 10 completed secondary school, this year just under 8 out o f 10 complete secondary school under a Labor Government. In other

words we care about people 15 to 19. We regard this as a period o f vocational preparation, and wo want them in school and structured training. But for those who arc r.ot in school, and structured training, and o f course in your day, 7 out o f 10 weren’t in school, they’d left at 15 years o f age, but iliuse who are not in school ar.d structured training, and they are out there in the labour market, we are giving them case management, and a job subsidy, and we try ar.d get them back into school and back into structured owning. And there’ s 88,000 o f them. 88,000 which is 8% o f thp group o f 1 5 to 19 year elds. Not 30%, 8%. The people, young people looking for work in the group

’ 5 to 19. tiiat's 88.UUU is 8% o f the total o f the group o f 13 to 19 year olds

HOWARD:

Paul, don’t try and .. don't try and define the youth unemployment pioblem out of existence h> statistical manipulation. Don’t .. don’ t take m y word

KEATING:

88.000.

HOWARD:

Let’ s rely c r.. could 1 just rely on the word o f Robert h'ttzgerald. former head of the Si Vincent np Pmil Society and now the head o f ACOSS. When you last ran that 8% number, he saic that the cruellest thing that people can do w ith the youth unemployment problem is to manipulate lh.· figures...

KEATING:

i'm net manipulating them.

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