Sep 2, 2004

Labor’s plan to get Hinkler working


Joint Media Release:
Anthony Albanese MP – Shadow Minister for Employment Services & Training, and
Cheryl Dorron – Labor Candidate for Hinkler

2 September 2004

A Mature Aged Career Centre will be established in Gladstone as part of Labor’s $1 billion investment to help create local jobs for young people and provide better job security for mature workers, Shadow Employment Minister Anthony Albanese announced in the city today.

ALP candidate for Hinkler Cheryl Dorron said Labor recognised the need for action in the electorate, with the unemployment rate at 8.9 per cent – well above the national average.

And more than half of people aged 45 to 64 living in Hinkler are not in the labour market, many of them because they have been forced out of the workforce.

“Our potential is being wasted, our region is being ignored. Paul Neville and the government are doing nothing about it.”

Labor’s Greater Security, More Opportunities for Mature Age Australians will help mature age workers keep their skills relevant, prevent those who are victims of large scale retrenchment falling into long term unemployment and through the creation of Mature Age Career Centres provide 63,000 mature age jobseekers with the personalised assistance they need to find work. One of these Centres will be located in Gladstone.

“Another concern is the teenage unemployment rate. In parts of Hinkler it is 33.5 per cent – the second highest in the country,” Ms Dorron said.

Under Labor’s Young Guarantee: Learn or Earn, young people in Hinkler will benefit from:

• The abolition of all TAFE fees for students wanting to learn a trade while still at high school.

• The creation of more places at Central Queensland Institute of TAFE as part of an additional 20,000 places nationally.

• Wage and training subsidies worth $10,000 for local businesses wanting to take on and train early school leavers.

Sitting around doing nothing will not be an option.

Together these two policies represent a $1 billion investment in early school leavers and mature age workers. This investment will also help address the growing shortage of skilled workers across the electorate.

The time for action is now and only Labor has a positive agenda for Hinkler.