The State Liberals are demanding the Weatherill Government ensures the maximum number of South Australians win the jobs created by the Northern Connector project.
“South Australia’s unemployment crisis means there is no excuse for these critical jobs going to interstate or overseas employees,” said Shadow Minister for Transport David Pisoni.
“We need an iron clad commitment from the Weatherill Government that it will require all contractors to commit to maximum levels of local employment and that it will adopt a comprehensive audit process to ensure that commitment is fulfilled.
“The fact of the matter is a number of the contracts on the Torrens to Torrens project were awarded to interstate companies who imported workers from interstate to do work that should have gone to South Australians.
“I have been contacted by numerous whistleblowers shocked at the number of jobs that have gone to interstate and overseas workers on large Government projects in South Australians.
“It’s time the Weatherill Government took up the cause of young job seekers in South Australia.
“The latest ABS figures show youth unemployment running at 13.2 per cent and NCVER data shows an 8.1 per cent fall in the number of apprenticeships in South Australia.
“Unemployment and underemployment are plaguing far too many individual, families and communities in South Australia.
“Reducing unemployment and underemployment must be the top priority for the Weatherill Government and that means ensuring every possible job goes to a South Australian.”