Share This

Article

Monday, 7th April 2003

Massive Cut To Services For The Jobless In Eastern Victoria


The Howard Government has slashed the number of Job Network sites in Eastern Victoria by an extraordinary 41% as part of its changes to the Job Network system.


This translates into the loss of 46 sites and potentially hundreds of jobs across the region.


It will mean that many towns will be left without any Job Network provider, and that the unemployed in those towns will have to travel further to get the help they need to find a job.


This dramatic cut in employment services comes at a time when some communities in Eastern Victoria are enduring unemployment rates above the national average. In the region unemployment is stuck at around 20%.


Not only does this decision mean less services for the unemployed, but it will actually add to the unemployment queues as staff are sacked from those sites earmarked for closure.


On the one hand the Government complains about a growing culture of welfare dependency, while on the other it savages the very programs that would assist the unemployed off welfare and return them to the economic and social life of our community.


The Government is putting regions with high unemployment, such as Eastern Victoria, into the too-hard basket.


Prior to the last Federal election the Prime Minister told Australians living in the regions:


“I don’t want to see any further services, government service levels withdrawn from or taken away from the bush.”


(31 January 2000)


Clearly this decision to close 46 Job Network sites is a further example of the Prime Minister promising one thing before the election but doing the complete opposite after it.


Communities in this region include: Bairnsdale, Echuca, Lakes Entrance, Morwell, Sale, Shepparton, Wangaratta and Warragul.


 


Sign up to get the latest news from Anthony

See the latest News
About Anthony
Meet AnthonyAnthony's Story

Electorate Office

334a Marrickville Road
MARRICKVILLE NSW 2204

Phone: (02) 9564 3588
Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

Parliament House Office

PO Box 6022
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6277 4022
Fax: (02) 6277 8562

Phone: (02) 9564 3588
Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

DisclaimerPrivacyTerms

Electorate Office

334a Marrickville Road
MARRICKVILLE NSW 2204

Phone: (02) 9564 3588
Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

Parliament House Office

PO Box 6022
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6277 4022
Fax: (02) 6277 8562

Phone: (02) 9564 3588
Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which our offices stand and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge the sorrow of the Stolen Generations and the impacts of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We also recognise the resilience, strength and pride of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Authorised by Anthony Albanese. 334a Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204.