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Thursday, 23rd September 2004

Howard Admits Toolboxes Won't Fix Skills Crisis


Today on radio Mr Howard admitted that his toolbox announcement yesterday will do nothing to address the biggest economic challenge confronting Australia – the acute shortage of skilled workers.


When questioned about his $91 million toolbox commitment, Mr Howard responded:


“I don’t hold this out as being the answer to the skills shortage…”


Source: Brisbane 4BC, 9/23/04


It certainly isn’t the answer. Mr Howard’s toolboxes are nothing more than a gimmick.


This commitment also highlights Mr Howard ignorance. Apprentices currently receive a tool allowance worth up to $22 a week as part of their award. As a result of Mr Howard’s announcement yesterday, apprentices will potentially lose this allowance and be left financially worse off.


Current skills shortages could cost the Australian economy $9 billion over the next 10 years.


Labor has a plan. Howard has a gimmick.


 


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