BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SCIENCE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESS
MEMBER FOR GORTON
New Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data today provides a detailed breakdown of the challenges facing the Australian labour market.
The data reflects a devastated labour market with increases in unemployment and underemployment and decreases in employment to population and participation across all areas.
Today’s detailed Labour Force figures by the ABS show:
The Government needs to outline its plan to support Australians post September when JobKeeper and JobSeeker is due to end.
While job losses and wages growth would have been worse without the wage subsidies called for by Labor, the Morrison Government’s botched rollout meant that this support arrived too late or not at all for many.
Too many Australians are left out and left behind, some accidentally but many deliberately.
Support could be better targeted, or tapered, but it shouldn’t just “snap back” on an arbitrary timeline which doesn’t reflect the reality in workplaces and communities.
The Morrison Government doesn’t have a genuine plan for jobs as we move from responding to the immediate crisis into the long and patchy recovery phase.
Australian workers, businesses, and the community need the Treasurer to stop recycling old media releases and anti-worker biases and instead outline the Morrison Government’s plan for the post-virus economic recovery.
THURSDAY, 21 MAY 2020