Editorial - February 25: Not enough jobs to go around
THERE were a few takeaways from the 4Corners expose on failings within the Jobs Services Australia Scheme, not the least being the rorting by some of the big service providers.
The failure of our local MP and Assistant Minister for Employment, Luke Hartsuyker, to step up and explain what he knew and why he hadn't acted was also notable.
But, for me, the standout message was the disparity between how many people were looking for work and how many jobs are available.
Eighteen months after the Government came to power, the situation nationally and locally is getting worse, and there is little to inspire confidence that job creation is any more than a slogan rather than a reality.
Instead, we find doors are being graciously opened for foreign companies to sell cheap and, dare I add unsanitary, wares here at the expense of local manufacturers and processors.
Yes, free trade deals will open markets for Australian produce and services, but that 'level' playing field does little to help our engine room, small business.
Surely a key jobs strategy component must aim to stimulate all business, not just the big end of town again.
Imagine the jobs bonanza here if every small business could hire just one more person.