STILL A LONG WAY TO GO IN THE RECOVERY FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

RICHARD MARLES MP
JIM CHALMERS MP

Today’s Labour Workforce figures highlight the volatility of Australia’s recovery from the COVID pandemic and why a competent quarantine and vaccine rollout is critical to guaranteeing a strong economy.

As last month’s Budget made clear, Australia’s economic recovery is tied to vaccines.

We cannot have a first-rate recovery with a third-rate vaccine rollout.

There are still more than one million Australians searching for more work and the number of underemployed Australians is higher under the Morrison Government than Labor.

This has been an ongoing issue across the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government, which has overseen long-term unemployment nearly double with 255,000 Australians locked out of the jobs market for more than 12 months.

There are 65,000 more men and 55,000 more women locked out of work under the Morrison Government.

What is the plan from the Morrison Government for those who have been locked out of the jobs market for months on end?

The Morrison Government have proved again that they are not on the side of working Australians.

In fact, this Government refused to advocate for an increase to the minimum wage, is happy to oversee working Australians locked in to four years of cuts to their take home pay and has today done a deal with Pauline Hanson which could cost working Australians’ superannuation by up to $230,000.

Only a Liberal Government could spend $100 billion and still lock in four years of real wage cuts.

Under the Liberals and Nationals, Australians are working harder but can afford less.

Right now, Scott Morrison’s botched vaccine rollout is the biggest risk to our economic recovery.

Only Labor is fighting to build an economy that is stronger and fairer after the pandemic than it was before.

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