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Labor to cut short aspirations of mature age Australians.



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THE HON KEVIN ANDREWS MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE

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Labor To Cut Short Aspirations Of Mature Age Australians

A Latham Labor Government would cut short the aspirations of hundreds of thousands of mature aged Australians, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, said today in Sydney.

Speaking to 100 business leaders at a luncheon hosted by Hudson Global Resources, Mr Andrews expressed the concerns that Federal Labor is not committed to tackling the crucial issues of an ageing workforce.

"The Howard Government wants Australians to retire when they are ready and to retire in an informed manner that takes into account an individual’s own retirement income strategies, their own health and their own capacity to contribute meaningfully to society.

"So gradual retirement is part of the equation and this will require more flexibility in the workplace, not less. It is exactly less flexibility that the Labor Party advocates.

"Unfortunately Labor is neither committed to the future needs of Australian businesses nor the aspirations of mature age workers who seek opportunity and flexibility in the workplace.

"Look at New South Wales where the Carr Labor Government has abolished its mature aged workers scheme.

"A future Labor Government led by Latham will not hesitate to cut short the legitimate aspirations of hundreds of thousands of mature aged Australians.

"Labor is just not committed to addressing the challenges of an ageing workforce

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5/05/2004