Where is the Turnbull plan for jobs in Northern Melbourne?

The Turnbull Government is failing the Broadmeadows community because it's simply unable to develop a real jobs plan to help the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

At a meeting with the Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou, in Broadmeadows, Shadow Minister for Employment Services, Workforce Participation and the Future of Work, Ed Husic, heard how local jobactive provider AMES is breaking down cultural and educational barriers faced by job seekers.

“Services like AMES are doing the hard work of training job seekers and helping them get into the market,” Mr Husic said.

“But their job is made harder by the Turnbull Government’s hollow slogan of jobs and growth that isn’t backed up by action.” Mr Husic said the latest labour market statistics reveal a collapse in full time work opportunities and harsher conditions for Australians trying to make ends meet.

“There have now been 112,000 full time jobs lost since the start of the year. And a drop in the participation rate, to just 64.5 per cent, is a sign people are becoming disillusioned and giving up looking for work,” he said.

"Finding security and stability in work is becoming harder under the Turnbull Government.”

“Decisions taken by the Abbott-Turnbull governments undermined local auto manufacturers. One of this area’s largest employers, the Ford manufacturing plant, just closed its doors as a result.” “This region needs an active jobs and training strategy or job seekers will slip into long-term unemployment.”

“A high level of local unemployment, especially youth unemployment, makes it imperative for government to respond to a worsening jobs crisis with a positive, practical and viable plan,” Ms Vamvakinou said.

“The Turnbull Government’s lack of response to the declining job opportunities – and the recent Ford closure - indicates that they have no understanding or interest in job growth in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne.”

“We need to train and skill our local people but more importantly we need to be able to give them a clear pathway into a job.”

Monday 24 October, 2016