Ripon MP Louise Staley says it is wrong of the Andrews Government to celebrate rising jobs in regional Victoria while the employment situation in North West Victoria is so poor.
This month’s ABS regional jobs figures in North West region (including Ararat, Stawell, St Arnaud, Charlton and Donald) shows that the unemployment rate has risen 1.5 since August 2016.
As well revealing the total number of employed people in North West Victoria has shrunk from 77,110 when Daniel Andrews became Premier in December 2014 to 73,957 in August 2017.
Over this period the total labour force has also eroded from 81,362 to 77,129.
Member for Ripon Louise Staley said it was inappropriate for the Treasurer to be celebrating when the jobs situation is far from ideal in North West Victoria
“While the Andrews Government plays politics, 3,153 people are now looking for work in North West Victoria.” Ms Staley said.
“For the Treasurer to be arrogantly boasting “We promised we’d get Victoria back to work, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.” ignoring the fact that 3,153 people have lost their jobs in North West Victoria under his watch is insensitive.” (Source Tim Pallas media release 21 September 2017 Regional Jobs Surge As Unemployment Falls)
“We need a government that is prepared to travel to our community and talk with stakeholders to attract more jobs and investment.”
Shadow Treasurer Michael O’Brien said Victoria now has the highest unemployment of any state in Australia.
“Daniel Andrews is failing communities in regional Victoria where people need real job opportunities, close to home and close to their families.” Mr O’Brien said.
“Only the Liberal-Nationals Coalition will deliver a whole of government decentralisation plan that will see job opportunities grow in regional areas.”