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100,000 reasons to doubt Labor’s jobs plan

Minister for Employment Gail Gago has revealed the Labor Government has no faith in its ability to pull South Australia out of its dangerous crisis.

Yesterday in State Parliament Minister Gago was asked whether the Weatherill Government stood by its commitment to produce 100,000 new jobs by 2016.

Minister Gago said the target remains in place but that it was now just aspirational. (Hansard 12/02/15)

“We can’t afford a Government that only aspires to creating jobs, we need a Government totally committed to tackling our dangerous jobs crisis,” said Shadow Minister for Employment David Pisoni.

“There are now 21,980 more unemployed persons in South Australia than when Labor made its 100,000 jobs promise.

“A mere 600 jobs at a rate of ten per month have been created since Labor made its jobs pledge in 2010.

“South Australia’s jobs crisis has escalated with the unemployment rate skyrocketing from 6.6 per cent in December 2014 to 7.3 per cent last month – the worst unemployment rate in the nation.

“The number of unemployed persons in South Australia increased by 11 per cent last month – from 56,500 to 62,700.

“South Australia also recorded the highest increase in youth unemployment in January – from 17.8 per cent to 23.6 per cent.

“South Australia is stuck in an economic rut and the Weatherill Government is clueless as to how to lead us out of it.

“Introducing new land taxes on the family home – as outlined in the Government’s tax reform paper released yesterday – will do nothing for business confidence in South Australia.

“To create jobs in South Australia we need to lower taxes and reduce red tape to encourage business investment and economic growth.”