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Debt for jobs not working in Maryborough.

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Debt for jobs not working in Maryborough

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Source: Warren Truss MP

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits through Maryborough’s Centrelink office has increased by 246 since Labor won the Federal election, Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said today.

At the time of the election in November 2007, there were 1007 people in Maryborough receiving Centrelink unemployment benefits. That number has now risen to 1253.

“The figures published by the Department for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for June on the number of people of claiming NewStart and Youth Allowance confirm a worrying trend,” Mr Truss said.

“Unemployment affects families and local communities. There are people and families in need behind each one of these numbers and they are the human faces of the recession,” Mr Truss said.

“There is a strong relationship between Government policies and employment and so far, Labor’s multi billion dollar stimulus packages have failed to sustain existing jobs, let alone create new jobs.”

The 75,000 and 90,000 jobs that were promised to be created and supported by Government cash giveaways have not materialised and the national unemployment rate has risen to 5.8%.

“The Rudd Labor Government used unemployment as an excuse for plunging the nation into a record $315 billion debt, while Anna Bligh’s Labor Government will blow state debt out to an unprecedented $85 billion, to support her discredited 100,000 new jobs plan.

“It is becoming more obvious that Labor’s debt bomb against unemployment has failed, turning into a time bomb that will tick for a generation, leaving less to spend on hospitals, roads and the environment, as multi-billion dollar interest bills accrue,” Mr Truss said.

“The Labor Government’s stimulus packages have failed to deliver the jobs they promised and taxpayers have been left with a massive debt equivalent to $15,000 for every man, woman and child,” Mr Truss said.

Maryborough Year Jobseekers Election 2007 2007 1007 March 2008 1004

March 2009 1208 April 2009 1214 May 2009 1217 June 2009 1253