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Premier’s staggering ignorance of JobKeeper numbers

Written by on September 15, 2020

  • Premier’s ignorance of JobKeeper numbers defies belief
  • JobKeeper payments keeping economy afloat and workers employed
  • Tasmania needs a jobs plan; Labor has one

The Premier’s self-confessed ignorance about the
number of Tasmanians on JobKeeper defies belief and raises serious questions
about the competence of the government.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said, with tens of thousands
of Tasmanian workers expecting to have their income reduced in just two weeks, a
comprehensive jobs plan is urgently needed.

“Peter Gutwein has admitted that the economy is “fragile”,
yet he doesn’t even know how many Tasmanians are in receipt of JobKeeper,” Ms
White said.

“Not only that, but he also supports the Federal
Liberal Government’s decision to scale it back, despite the dramatic impact this
will have on workers and the state’s economy, with flow-on effects for consumer
spending and business confidence.

“Information provided to the Senate Select
Committee on COVID-19 by the Federal Treasury Department has revealed that, of
the approximately 3.5 million Australians receiving JobKeeper in June, 1.8 per
cent were Tasmanian.

“This equates to a massive 63,000 Tasmanians – a significant
proportion of our total workforce – whose support will be cut dramatically in
just a fortnight.

“These are basic facts that the Premier should know
and it beggars belief that he does not.

“In the absence of any efforts by Peter Gutwein to
convince the Federal Government to continue JobKeeper at the current rate, a
comprehensive jobs plan is desperately needed to help keep Tasmania’s economy
afloat.

Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package outlines
our plan to create jobs, including investing in TAFE and offering free training
in areas where there are skills gaps, mandating apprentice numbers and
investment in social housing.

“Tasmania remains the second worst affected state for jobs, behind locked-down Victoria. The government must develop a clear plan to boost confidence and get Tasmanians back into jobs.”

Rebecca White MP
Labor Leader

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