Jason Clare Appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Employment

“The Rudd Government’s top priority is jobs. It is more important here in Western Sydney than almost anywhere else.

“Our local area is one of the hardest hit by the global recession. Unemployment here is 8.6 per cent. It has jumped 3.5 per cent in twelve months, twice as fast as the rest of the country.

“This job gives me the chance to help our local area and places like it around Australia.

“The global recession is ripping jobs off people all around the country. My job is to help local communities create local jobs,” Mr Clare said.

The Rudd Government has established nine Employment Priority Areas across Australia, supported by local employment coordinators and a $650 million Jobs Fund.

The nine local priority areas are: Canterbury-Bankstown and South Western Sydney, the Illawarra, South Eastern Melbourne, Ipswich-Logan, Northern and Western Adelaide, South West Perth, Northern Tasmania, Richmond-Tweed and Clarence Valley-Mid North Coast.

“I will be working closely with Lindsay Fox and Bill Kelty. During the last recession Lindsay and Bill teamed up and travelled the country creating about 60,000 jobs. The Prime Minister has asked Lindsay and Bill to do it again and they have agreed.

“We will be holding jobs forums in the nine local priority areas over the next few months looking at practical ways to create jobs and help business keep their workers and take on new apprentices and employees,” Mr Clare said.

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