• Labor set to announce its third so-called jobs package in less than two years after the first two failed
• Labor’s two previous job initiatives have been spectacular duds and failed to live up Annastacia Palaszczuk’s hype
• Labor needs to acknowledge their glossy jobs policy isn’t translating to jobs for Queenslanders
The Palaszczuk Labor Government is set to announce its latest reincarnation of a so-called jobs plan that proves their first two have been abject failures.
Shadow Employment Minister Jarrod Bleijie said Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor had absolutely no idea about how to get Queenslanders back into work.
“This is the third so-called regional jobs plan this incompetent Labor Government has come up with in the past two years,” Mr Bleijie said.
“Why do we need another jobs plan when at any given opportunity Annastacia Palaszczuk bleats about how successful the first two have been?
“Simple answer – they have been spectacular failures. Annastacia Palaszczuk is trying to con Queenslanders and continues to do so at any opportunity.”
Mr Bleijie said Labor’s jobs record over the past two years was dismal.
“Labor’s solution to unemployment was to hire more than 8000 bureaucrats to hide the fact it had no idea on what it was doing and to hide a ballooning unemployment rate,” he said.
“Labor’s signature Back to Work initiative was announced in the 2016-17 State Budget with much fanfare and hoped to create 8000 jobs.
“In almost half a year this program has helped less than 1000 people into work – a complete and utter failure by anyone’s standard.”
Mr Bleijie said you only had to look at the true employment figures to realise Labor’s so-called jobs plan was not working.
“In the past four months we’ve seen almost 30,000 jobs disappear from Queensland and another 46,000 people give up looking for work,” he said.
“It’s clear that Labor’s Back to Work program isn’t working and is failing young jobseekers in regional Queensland.
“The latest unemployment figures paint a stark picture of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s flagship jobs policy and its failure to create opportunities in our regions.
“The youth unemployment rate in many regions has skyrocketed – in Outback Queensland it’s 33.7%, in Cairns it’s 27.4% and Wide Bay it’s 23.8%.
“Young jobseekers are giving up looking for work in record numbers because Annastacia Palaszczuk and Curtis Pitt aren’t giving them the opportunities they need to build their futures.
“Instead of protecting their mates in the CFMEU and cuddling up to the inner-city Greens, Labor needs to acknowledge their glossy jobs policy isn’t translating to jobs for Queenslanders.”