The forgotten south under Labor

The electors of Fisher will be deeply concerned at the loss of 9,600 jobs in the southern suburbs of Adelaide during the last 12 months.

“Today’s ABS figures showing the loss of nearly 10,000 jobs in the south demonstrates the need for the Weatherill Labor Government to lower the tax burden on families and businesses,” said Shadow Minister for Employment David Pisoni.

“The Weatherill Government’s savage increase in the Emergency Services Levy is just the latest example of a jobs killing tax hike that has driven youth unemployment in the south to 16.7 per cent – nudging the youth unemployment rate of the northern suburbs.

“While youth unemployment has fallen in Adelaide’s north it has skyrocketed by 60 per cent in the south during the last 12 months, whilst the participation rate has fallen away dramatically as people give up hope of finding a job.

“Just 12 months earlier the southern suburbs had the lowest youth unemployment in Adelaide.

“The prospect of unemployment robs young people of hope of having a future locally and drives them to despair or interstate in search of opportunities.

“Adelaide’s southern suburbs have seen the largest drop in jobs participation over the past year and now have the lowest participation rate in the State.

“The savage ESL tax grab will only make it harder for southern suburbs businesses to employ new staff and retain existing staff.

“The State Liberals took a suite of policies designed to reduce the tax burden on businesses and families to the March state election.

“These polices would have reduced cost pressures on businesses and cost of living pressures on families and encouraged investment and job creation in the south.”