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Wednesday, 29 September 1993
Page: 1351


Senator CALVERT —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes:

    (i)comments made in Brisbane by Professor Judith Sloan, Director of the National Institute of Labour Studies in Adelaide, that subsidies rank as the least effective method of job creation during recessions, and

    (ii)Professor Sloan's comments that the Federal Government's job creation policies, which are based on wage subsidies and job levies, are having no effect on unemployment but are merely resulting in the unemployed being offered jobs at the expense of the employed;

  (b)acknowledges that Professor Sloan was also critical of public sector job creation schemes, claiming that they were expensive and that there were question marks over the social values of the work undertaken;

  (c)recognises that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development research examined by Professor Sloan demonstrated that the more flexible wage rates were, the more quickly unemployment would fall after a recession;

  (d)condemns the Government for its total failure to address Australia's catastrophic unemployment crisis; and

  (e)calls upon the Government to recognise that Professor Sloan's carefully considered comments are further evidence that this Government does not have either the leadership or the initiative to solve Australia's unemployment problem.