Ladies and Gentlemen - Good morning.
Congratulations to MAX Employment for organising the 15,000 Stars for Christmas campaign and this morning’s event.
It is fantastic to see the support of such an amazing role model as Andrew McLeod, both as a legendary footballer and in his work with the Adelaide Crows Children’s Foundation.
MAX Employment’s generosity will ensure that the Adelaide Crows Children’s Foundation, the Luke Batty Foundation, BoysTown and Mates4Mates will each receive $25,000 as part of this year’s charity drive.
I am always delighted when people from different sectors and walks of life work together to the benefit of their community.
The charities who will receive these donations are staffed by hard-working and selfless individuals who commit themselves to helping others.
The 15,000 stars for Christmas Campaign is a perfect demonstration of how businesses can reach out and help the communities in which they operate.
15,000 jobs is a fantastic target.
Those who are out of work at a time of year - that as we know can sometimes be the most expensive - know that getting a job is one of the best Christmas presents an individual and their family can receive.
I believe that the best form of welfare that Government can provide is a job and this Government is committed to policies which help more people into work.
That is why the Government has delivered the jobactive programme - to help people get and keep a job, as well as helping employers to source suitably qualified candidates.
It is clear that jobactive is delivering on this objective, by ensuring job seekers are becoming job ready, and the programme is already making a difference for many thousands of Australians.
Under this Government, more Australians are in work than ever before, and enjoying the benefits of having a job including:
providing for oneself and one’s family
better physical and mental health
increased self-esteem and social interaction.
The immediate families of employed people also benefit, not just from the pay packet, but in terms of their general wellbeing.
So I encourage everyone at the morning tea to think hard about what you can do to help someone get a job, which ultimately will provide benefits to both your business as well as your community.
Congratulations once again to everyone involved in this truly worthwhile project.