Thursday, 05 March 2020
BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SCIENCE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESS
MEMBER FOR GORTON
AMANDA RISHWORTH MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR YOUTH
MEMBER FOR KINGSTON
The Government has revealed in Senate Estimates today the extent to which their flagship Youth Jobs PaTH program is a monumental failure.
In the 2019/20 financial year only 1,881 young people commenced a PaTH internship (as of 31 December 2019) – falling well short of their 30,000 placements per year target.
In terms of both take up and outcome the PaTH program is not making a dent in the youth unemployment crisis, with over 271,000 young people currently unemployed.
Time after time the Government’s own figures have shown the PaTH program to be a failure, yet this third-term Government continues to hold it up as their only solution to get young Australians into work.
In the face of persistently high youth unemployment figures, the Morrison Government has failed to come up with a meaningful plan to address this issue.
The 1 in 8 young Australians currently without a job could be forgiven for believing this Government does not care about their futures.
The Morrison Government has no plan to get young people into work, no plan to address the floundering economy, and young Australians deserve better.
THURSDAY, 5 MARCH 2020