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Telstra to shed 800 staff.

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The Hon Julie Bishop MP Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Shadow Minister for Employment, Business & Workplace Relations

The announcement today that Telstra will shed 800 staff makes it even more important for the Rudd Government to focus on job creation.

With the Budget forecasting 134,000 job losses of over the next year and the Reserve Bank forecasting an additional 100,000 job losses, it is concerning that the Minister for Employment appears to have no strategy to create additional jobs.

The Minister spoke for one hour at the National Press Club this week about workplace relations but failed to mention job creation once in her speech.

Business confidence in the Federal Government has collapsed to record lows since the election of the Rudd Government, and I urge Julia Gillard to focus on ensuring Australian business has the confidence and ability to keep unemployment at the record lows inherited from the Howard Government.

Murray Hansen Chief of Staff

0417 886 155 [18 September 2008]