News

Labor candidate focuses on jobs for Ipswich

CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Jennifer Howard.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Jennifer Howard. Contributed

JOBS growth for Ipswich will be a key campaign platform for Jennifer Howard as she attempts to win the state seat of Ipswich.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has made securing jobs for Queenslanders a focus for the Labor Party with the unemployment rate reaching 6.3% in Queensland under the Newman Government. The unemployment rate in Ipswich reached 12.3% in February with the situation even worse for young people.

Ms Howard said Labor had unveiled "a suite of jobs-focused policies" to stimulate jobs growth.

She said Labor had promised to reinstate the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program and would establish an independent Queensland Productivity Commission.

Payroll concessions would also be introduced to assist employers take on apprentices and trainees, she said.

The Ready for Work policy, launched last year, will target school leavers and help young Queenslanders get work.

A new policy, called Advance Queensland, will be designed to create and keep the jobs of the future in Queensland

Building Queensland is another policy that aims to bring fairness and predictability to project planning and tendering

Ms Howard said the policies announced by Labor would be "good for Ipswich".

"Labor has always stood for jobs and a fair go for those in work, those that want to work, and those that will be looking for work into the future," she said.

Topics:  jennifer howard, labor party, state seat of ipswich




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Teen driver injured in crash with pole

Police car. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Car blocking road after crashing into pole

Police release CCTV images of bottle store robbery

Police conducted patrols of the area but were unable to locate the two men.

Two men fled hold up with a sum of cash

Latest deals and offers

Mayor Paul Pisasale on the federal election

Mayor Paul Pisasale.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale on the federal election

2016 Rosewood Show

Thousands of people passed through the gates to enjoy all the fun and entertainment...

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%