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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

20 April 2006

HAWKER WELCOMES NEW WORK FOR THE DOLE ACTIVITIES

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, today announced a new Work for the Dole program for Stawell, providing places for two local jobseekers.

“The Stawell RSL Activity project has places for 2 local job seekers who will be involved in landscaping and maintenance of the RSL’s heritage building,” Mr Hawker said.

“Work for the Dole activities help participants to improve their prospects of finding a job. By participating, they are re-building their self esteem and work skills.

"Unemployed people who sign up for Work for the Dole projects also gain a valuable connection and insight into the world of work, and what employers are looking for when they have jobs to fill."

Mr Hawker said that since Work for the Dole was introduced in 1997, a total of 459,206 unemployed Australians have commenced in 27,912 activities nationally.

“The bottom line is that Work for the Dole is working. It is part of the Government’s integrated approach to tackling long-term unemployment and as such, its success is reflected in the record low levels of unemployment and the significant falls in long term unemployment.” he said.

"I especially congratulate the local Community Work Coordinators, BRACE Education Training and Employment Ltd., and project sponsor, the Stawell RSL Sub-branch, who have successfully proposed this very worthwhile activity. They are doing a great job in bringing benefits to both local unemployed people and to local communities in the Stawell region.”

Media contact: Jane Templeton

(03) 5572 1100