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Labor's record on apprenticeships is a disgrace.

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Media Release

Bob Baldwin MP

Federal Member for Paterson 20 August 2004 LABOR’S RECORD ON APPRENTICESHIPS IS A DISGRACE The number of new apprenticeships in training in the electorate of Paterson has risen by 326% since Labor’s last year in office in 1996, the Federal Member for Paterson Bob Baldwin said. Since 1996, the number of new apprenticeships in Paterson has risen from 761 positions to 2,483 - an extra 1,722 places. “Labor’s record in creating new apprenticeships is absolutely appalling and really goes to the heart of their inability to properly manage an economy,” Mr Baldwin said. “Labor had unemployment rates and interest rates in the double digits and failed to provide an environment where employers could create extra jobs particularly small businesses. “Federal Labor have said nothing about the NSW Labor Government increasing TAFE fees for some local courses by up to 188%, which is a direct assault on further training for young people. “And they still fail to acknowledge the enormous problems with existing unfair dismissal laws and how this is restricting the further growth of employment. “It’s estimated that we could create 50,000 jobs just by changing unfair dismissal laws, so it beggars belief that labor would say no. “Unemployment in Paterson has gone from 10% in 1996 to 7.4% and according the figures from the Hunter Valley Research Foundation, which were released yesterday, the Hunter’s unemployment rate has fallen from 7.1% in June to 5.9% in July. “But I believe we can bring down our historically low unemployment even further and we can do this if Labor would support our amendments. “Labor cannot be trusted to manage Australia’s $800 billion economy and they certainly can’t be trusted to create more apprenticeships given their disgraceful record.”