Tony Abbott axes our Local Employment Coordinator

Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP said today he is appalled by the Abbott Government’s decision to axe funding for our Local Employment Coordinator.

“This is an appalling decision. We have the highest unemployment rate in the country. It is currently almost double the national average. This just shows how out of touch Tony Abbott is,” Mr Clare said.

Labor introduced the Local Employment Coordinators while in Government as a part of a comprehensive jobs plan that created nearly one million jobs.

Across the country, 21 areas of high unemployment were identified as priority areas by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

South Western Sydney areas were assigned a Local Employment Coordinator and a $650 million Jobs Fund.

David Puckeridge was in the role since 2009.

In this year’s Budget of Broken Promises the Abbott Government chose to axe these Local Employment Coordinators.

“David worked with local employers, community groups and all levels of government to coordinate actions to protect and increase local jobs,” Mr Clare said.

“He assisted retrenched workers and other job seekers to connect with employment and training opportunities.

“Jobs are the most important issue in our local area. We need more of them, a lot more of them.

“Without a Local Employment Coordinator, job seekers will find it even harder to gain employment.

The Abbott Government has also abolished the Australian Jobs Expos. This was also introduced by Labor and helped create about 2,000 jobs in Bankstown and 28,000 jobs nationwide.

Where Canberra has dropped the ball Bankstown City Council has picked it up. Jason Clare will help launch Council’s local Jobs Expo next Wednesday at Bankstown Library.

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