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Labor fails to link up with young unemployed in Cunningham.

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Michael Organ MP

Greens Member for Cunningham

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25 May 2004


Labor’s “Link-Up” policy will do nothing to create jobs for young unemployed people in Wollongong, Cunningham MP Michael Organ said today.

“It’s all very well for Shadow Employment Services and Training Minister Anthony Albanese to make grandiose promises, but what our out-of-work teenagers want is jobs”, Mr. Organ said today.

“Wollongong’s youth unemployment rate is 32.2% but all Labor can offer is an intensive assistance program which won’t start until January 2005.”

“The government is no better, after promising me in the parliament last year to do better on the job creation front they’ve delivered precisely nothing for the one third of our young people who can’t find a job.”

“Work for the Dole isn’t working with only 32% of participants successful in getting full-time work.”

“The government and the Opposition should look to some overseas job creation experience and see what has been achieved in Glasgow and Pittsburgh for example rather than trading insults about unemployment assistance”, Mr. Organ said.

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