Thursday, 20 February 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 January labour force figures released today show the youth unemployment rate has increased to 12.1 per cent, which means there are now over 271,000 young Australians without a job (seasonally adjusted).
The situation is even more dire as we look around the country, particularly in Queensland (15.6 per cent) and West Australia (15.2 per cent) where around one in six young people are unemployed (original data).
Despite Labor demanding the Morrison Government take action on the issue of underemployment, the situation continues to worsen with over 404,000 young Australians underemployed (seasonally adjusted).
Young Australians are still waiting for the Morrison Government to take this issue seriously and develop a meaningful plan to get more young people into work.
The Government’s half-hearted attempt to get young people into work is their signature PaTH internship program, which has completely failed in terms of take up and outcomes.
The program has fallen well short of its 30,000 internship target, with only 8,234 young people commencing internships in the first almost two years of the program. Of that, only 30 per cent have been offered a job at the end.
The economy has floundered on Scott Morrison’s watch and, like so many Australians, young people are paying the price.
The Morrison Government must stop making excuses and start taking meaningful action to help get young Australians trained, educated and into work.