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Senator Wong supports the Governments Job Network.

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Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP

Minister for Workforce Participation 16 February, 2007

Media Release

Senator Wong supports the Governments Job Network

Minister for Workforce Participation Dr Sharman Stone has welcomed Senator Penny Wong’s support of the

Howard Government’s Job Network.

In an article published in The Bulletin today, Senator Wong’s office indicated that Labor embraced the

principle of Job Network.

“I can understand why Senator Wong supports the Coalition’s Job Network. It continues to break job

placement records,” Minister Stone said.

“Since the Coalition came to Government, close to 70 percent of all job seekers have been placed into jobs.

Under Labor’s employment scheme, called Working Nation only a disappointing 27 percent of job seekers

found work.”

“A critical fact is the Howard Government achieved these job placements at an average cost of some $3,900

compared to a cost of $12,800 per job placement under Working Nation - therefore delivering great value for

each tax payer’s dollar.

“Unfortunately in 2003, Labor opposed legislation which supported people with disability returning to work if

they had at least a 15 hour work capacity. Labor’s aim was to condemn Australians with disability to a lifetime

on welfare without job-finding support.”

Job Network is continuing to break records with the number of people it places into work.

“In the 12 months to December 2006, Job Network placed close to 645,000 into jobs,” Minister Stone said.

“An increasing number of single parents are being helped to move from welfare into work. Last year, close to

42,000 sole parents were placed into work - an increase of 22 percent and a new record.

“Over 47,200 Indigenous Australians were placed into jobs through Job Network - an increase of 10 percent

on last year.

“Close to 82,000 people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds were placed into jobs.

“Over 125,400 mature age jobs seekers found work through Job Network - another new record and over one

quarter of a million long-term unemployed people also were placed into jobs,” Minister Stone said.

For further information contact:

Liz Rodway 0421 587 207