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MEDIA RELEASE

 

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA - HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

MARTIN FERGUSON MP

Member for Batman

 

26 October 1998

 

BULLYBOY INTIMIDATION WON’T CREATE EFFICIENT JOB NETWORK

 

A public inquiry into the Job Network crisis is needed immediately if Australia’s employment services are not to continue stumbling from one mistake to another mistake, the Shadow Minister for Employment, Martin Ferguson, said today.

 

“The new Minister for Employment Services, Mr Abbott, should establish a clean break from the hopeless history of the Job Network by establishing a public inquiry.

 

The ‘intensive consultation’ with job agencies that the new Minister has promised is plainly not enough,” Mr Ferguson said.

 

Neither the public inquiry or the ‘intensive consultation’ will work if Mr Abbott won’t order his department to cease and desist from intimidating and pressuring Job Network members who want to point out problems and offer solutions.

 

Before the election the then Minister, Dr Kemp, and his Department, offered bribes and hush money to keep the Job Network members quiet during the campaign.

 

“After the election it seems the Department is hoping to keep things quiet with some heavy handed intimidation, threatening dissidents with all sorts of legal action

 

“The collapse of a respectable Western Sydney job agency, San Miguel, is a tragedy. This agency had a long history of providing quality help to local jobseekers.

 

The fact that the people at San Miguel have now been threatened with legal action if they speak publicly is an issue which should be widely condemned.

 

“None of this intimidation will help one job seeker.

 

Bullyboy tactics will not help create an efficient employment services sector.

 

“Mr Abbott has an opportunity to fix the problem.

 

“He can only do it if he sets up a public inquiry and goes about it in an open and transparent manner, free of threats and intimidation,” Mr Ferguson said.

 

For further info: Andrew Casey, Martin Ferguson’s office, 02 6277 4899

 

 

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