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Whole of Government to support Australian jobs.

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The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

Minister for Social Inclusion

Deputy Prime Minister

14 June, 2009

Media release

Whole of Government to support Australian jobs

The Minister for Employment, Julia Gillard has today asked the Minister for Employment Participation, Senator Mark Arbib and the Parliamentary Secretary for Employment, Jason Clare to co-ordinate the Government’s response to the global recession to support Australian jobs.

The Rudd Government has acted decisively to stimulate the economy and cushion Australia from the worst effects of the global recession.

The Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary have been asked to make sure the Government is using all its resources and programs the best way it can to help keep Australians working during the difficult days of the global recession.

Senator Arbib and Jason Clare will be developing a whole of Government strategy to support Australian jobs, including elements like defence force recruitment, the economic stimulus package, broadband and green jobs.

The Minister for Employment has asked that the Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary report back with a plan to ensure there are appropriate synergies between our existing programs, like Jobs Services Australia, economic stimulus projects and organisations that are running training and jobs programs.

The Government has invested in nation building infrastructure to simulate every local economy and support local jobs.

We are now seeing 35 000 construction sites popping up around the nation, with all of the benefits of that activity flowing through local communities.

The Rudd Government’s top priority is to keep Australians in work.

For those Australians that find themselves out of a job, the Government stands ready with intensive job support and quality education and training opportunities.

For young Australians leaving school, the Government stands ready with a university place, a training place, an apprenticeship or a traineeship to ensure they are ready to work when the economy begins to recover.

The Rudd Government is determined to ensure Australia emerges from the global recession a stronger and more productive nation in the future.

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