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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 280


(Question No. 606)

Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment, in writing, on 14 November 2014:

Is the Minister aware of the report by John Masanauskas , Unemployment in Melbourne suburbs will be a social disaster, says researcher‟ (Herald Sun, 29 October 2011), that Dr Bob Birrell from the Monash University ' s Centre for Population and Urban Research stated that the unemployment figures were disturbingly being concentrated in areas where many young people with limited education were looking for work, and having to compete with very large numbers of temporary migrants; if so, what is the Government doing to address the integration of young people in such neighbourhoods.

Mr Pyne: The Minister for Employment has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:


Rather than the borderline xenophobic approach taken by the former Rudd/Gillard/Rudd Governments, supported by the Honourable Member, towards foreign workers, this Government is focused on creating more job opportunities for Australian workers.

A key example of the Government's job creation agenda is the Free Trade Agreements with Korea, Japan and China finalised by the Coalition Government which will create new export markets for Australian businesses with huge tariff reductions.

I firmly encourage the Honourable Member to support the Government's positive Economic Action Strategy.