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Doorstop - Brisbane


Senator the Hon Eric Abetz
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Employment
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Tasmania

Subjects: **ABS jobs figures, United Voice call for Senator-elect Joe Bullock to step down** 

Minister Abetz: Today’s unemployment figures are encouraging where we’ve seen a reduction in the seasonal trend to 5.8 per cent, but we do accept as a Government that a lot more needs to be done and there has been a disappointing decline in the participation rate.

The fact that we still have 5.8 per cent unemployment clearly sends a message to the Senate that we do have to repeal the carbon tax and the mining tax, get rid of green and red tape and reinstitute the Australian Building and Construction Commission—so we can create the environment for jobs growth within our country.

We have a social and economic responsibility to achieve that and the Government will continue to pursue policies to create employment.

It is disappointing to see that Tasmania and South Australia are still leading the leagues table on unemployment and of course, we as a Federal Government, will work with the state governments of those two states to see what we can do to reduce unemployment in those states.

Question: Is the carbon tax issue going to make a big difference to the next lot of job figures?

Minister Abetz: We believe that the abolition of the carbon tax would assist in growing employment, especially in the manufacturing sector, but the Green-Labor senators are continuing to refuse to allow us to implement our mandate and so we are looking forward to the new Senate to hopefully engage with a Government to ensure that we can start passing policies that will create employment for our fellow unemployed Australians.

Alright, and then, if I may, United Voice is calling on Labor’s lead Senate candidate in Western Australia to resign from the Senate. So, it is quite clear that within the Labor party, one union boss is telling another union boss to resign from the Senate before that person is even declared elected to the Senate and it appears as though the Labor party membership and the electorate simply to do not get a say in relation to who is to represent them in the Senate.

So having one union boss telling another union boss to resign before they’re even elected just goes to show how the union bosses treat Senate seats as their plaything to dish out when and as they deem appropriate and leave the Labor membership and the electorate out of the equation.

Alright, thank you.