Sep 1, 2004

Senator Humphries resorts to desperation and lies

SENATOR HUMPHRIES RESORTS TO DESPERATION AND LIES

MEDIA RELEASE: Anthony Albanese – 1 September 2004

In a deliberate and disgusting attempt to mislead Canberra voters, Liberal Senator for the ACT Gary Humphries has been distributing election material (attached) full of blatant lies.

CLAIM 1: Labor will abolish Green Corp.

This claim is a deliberate lie.

THE TRUTH:

Labor will expand Green Corp renaming it the Green Jobs Gateway. This commitment was contained in Labor’s Youth Guarantee announced by Labor Leader Mark Latham on 14 May 2004. The program will be given additional funding and enhance the training provided.

CLAIM 2: Labor will abolish the Jobs Placement, Employment and Training program.

This claim is a deliberate lie.

THE TRUTH:

Labor will retain the Jobs Placement, Employment and Training program in full. This commitment was contained in Labor’s Youth Guarantee announced by Labor Leader Mark Latham on 14 May 2004.

CLAIM 3: Labor will abolish Jobs Pathway program and Careers Pilot schemes.

Another lie. This claim just proves Senator Humphries hasn’t bothered to read the details of Labor’s Youth Guarantee policy.

THE TRUTH:

Labor’s Youth Guarantee will build on the Jobs Pathway program and Careers Pilot schemes with funding for 1,080 Training Mentors. Unlike current transitional programs, the Youth Guarantee will make sure all 45,000 young Australians who leave school early get the support they need to make a speedy and successful transition into work or further training.

Over the next 4 years a Latham Labor Government will invest $700 million on programs for young people at risk of falling into long term unemployment and a life on benefits. Labor’s Youth Guarantee will make sure today’s early school leavers do not become tomorrow’s long term unemployed.

As well as containing lies about Labor policy, Senator Humphries’s election material also exposes his Government’s absolute hypocrisy when they talk about public sector jobs. Senator Humphries’s election material strangely enough fails to tell readers that the Howard Government in its first term sacked 32,400 public servants.

Senator Humphries’s dishonesty reveals the lengths his Government is prepare to go in a desperate attempt to win re-election and conceal the fact they have no positive agenda for the country.

If Senator Humphries is at all concerned about truth and honesty in politics he would immediately stop distributing this election material and apologise to his constituents for deliberately attempting to mislead them.