Members Statement - Employment
Speeches, Deputy Leader
Mr RICH-PHILLIPS (South Eastern Metropolitan) —
Labor came to office claiming it would create 100 000 new full-time jobs over its first two years in office. In reality, rather than 25 000 new full-time jobs being created in the first six months, we have seen the loss of over 9500 full-time jobs.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of Victorians in full-time work is lower now than it was at the same time last year. The number of women in full-time work is at its lowest level in over three years. More than 19 000 full-time positions for women have been lost under the Andrews government. In terms of regional areas, more than 5000 jobs have been lost in Bendigo, leaving employment these at its lowest level for two years.
For over eight months important existing industry assistance programs have stalled and vital new industry investment has been forgone. This has been detrimental to the creation of new jobs in emerging Victorian industries. The decision to scrap the east–west link cost Victoria 6700 new jobs and harmed the confidence of investors.
Daniel Andrews said he would fight for every job in the state, but while he has been fighting for his own job, and that of his Deputy Premier, his policy inaction has stalled new investment and new job opportunities for Victorians.