The visit of the royal couple, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will provide a timely boost for the beleaguered northern suburbs of Adelaide as unemployment soars to catastrophic levels.
“The latest ABS data shows Adelaide’s northern suburbs lost 6,100 jobs in the 12 months to March as the unemployment rate soared to a disastrous 8.6 per cent,” said Shadow Minister for Employment David Pisoni.
“Twelve years of State Labor’s failed economic policies is creating a social and economic crisis in Adelaide’s northern suburbs where 17,300 people are now out of work.
“With looming job losses in the car industry intergenerational unemployment is now a bleak prospect for far too many families in northern Adelaide.
“Unfortunately the Weatherill Government is clinging to the discredited economic policies that have created this jobs catastrophe and refuses to acknowledge the abysmal failure of its high tax, high debt policies.
“It beggars belief that these catastrophic jobs numbers have emerged during a year when the Weatherill Labor Government is running a $948 million deficit and state debt is racing towards $14 billion.
“For the sake of the thousands of young people in the northern suburbs who need a job right now the Weatherill Government must reduce the impact of the jobs killing taxes it imposes on businesses in South Australia.
“Until the payroll, land tax and WorkCover burden on businesses is brought into line with the rest of the country South Australia will struggle to attract investment and the jobs it brings.
“The northern suburbs are already paying a heavy price for Premier Weatherill’s ideological commitment to high taxes and increasing debt and deficit.
“Unless the Weatherill Government makes a decisive break with its past policies many South Australians may never hold a decent job.”