UNCERTAINTY REMAINS AROUND IMPACT OF CUTTING JOBKEEPER AND VACCINE ROLLOUT DISASTER

RICHARD MARLES MP | JIM CHALMERS MP

Labor welcomes the jobs numbers today – as we have been saying, more people in jobs is a good thing.

But there are still close to two million Australians looking for work or more work and there was a net decrease of 21,000 full-time jobs in the labour force data released today.

This data is from March, before the Government prematurely cut JobKeeper and the vaccine rollout disaster.

As the ABS notes, likely job losses from JobKeeper cuts will be reflected in future releases.

The Morrison Government shouldn’t be patting themselves on the back and declaring mission accomplished on the back of today’s data.

There is still great uncertainty about the true impact of ripping away the critical lifeline of JobKeeper at the end of last month and how many working Australians Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg have left without a job.

A real concern is entire sectors which are doing it extremely tough and want greater support now, not when the writing is on the wall and it is too late for them.

In the midst of all this, Australians and Australian businesses are facing great uncertainty with the Government’s mismanagement of our vaccine rollout and what timelines exist. Businesses want answers and workers want certainty of secure jobs.

For months, Scott Morrison has tied our economic recovery from COVID to the vaccine.

Scott Morrison has one job this year and that is to get every Australian vaccinated.

THURSDAY, 15 APRIL 2021

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