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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

PETIR SHACK. M.P. “

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR TANONEY SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING AND YOUTH AFFAIRS

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LIBERALS SUPPORT TEACHERS' CALL ON MORE JOBS FOR YOUNG.

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u n l e s s we c a n o f f e r them s o m e t h i n g o t h e r t h a n a p l a c e on t h e

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i n n o c e n t b y s t a n d e r o v e r t h i s i s s u e .

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c o l l e a g u e s t o t a k e a f r e s h l o o k a t y o u t h w a g e s .

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t h e i r s k i l l s .

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g r a d u a t e s t h e s e y o u n g p e o p l e n e v e r t h e l e s s a r e n a t u r a l l y

l a c k i n g i n p r a c t i c a l work e x p e r i e n c e .

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o f a y o u t h t r a i n i n g w age w h i c h r e c o g n i s e s t h i s l a c k o f

e x p e r i e n c e , a n d i t s c o n s e q u e n t i n i t i a l i m p a c t o n

p r o d u c t i v i t y .

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t h e r a z o r ' s e d g e we c a n n o t b lam e e m p l o y e r s f o r o p t i n g t o t a k e

on e x p e r i e n c e d w o r k e r s who a r e a b l e t o make an i m m e d i a t e

c o n t r i b u t i o n , an d f u l l y j u s t i f y t h e wages p a i d t o th em .

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wages h a s h ad a m ark ed i m p a c t on t h e e m p lo y m en t o p p o r t u n i t i e s

o f young A u s t r a l i a n s .

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a c k n o w l e d g e d t h i s f a c t , a n d s e t a b o u t w o r k i n g t o w a r d s

i n t r o d u c i n g a y o u t h t r a i n i n g w a g e " .

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