Unemployment figures recently released have shown a remarkable turnaround in employment for the residents of Lingiari since the dark days of the Rudd Gillard Shorten Labor Government in 2013 with almost 5,000 new jobs created under the Coalition Government, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said.
“When Labor left office in September 2013, unemployment in Lingiari was at 6.8%. Now, under the stewardship of the Coalition Government unemployment has dropped to 3.5% for the March to June 2017 quarter,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Coalition Government’s economic policy priority is to ensure that every Territorian today and into the future has the best possible opportunity to get a job to be successful and get ahead so they can reach their full potential, take care of their family, contribute to their community and to our country and enjoy a high standard of living.
“Nationally, the number of jobs in Australia has increased for 13 consecutive months so far – the longest straight run of jobs growth since 1994.
“Since the Coalition’s election to government in September 2013, more than 830,000 net new jobs have been added to the economy – an average of 200,000 new jobs a year.
“There are now 355,700 more Australians in work than a year ago – more than 80 per cent of these new jobs are full time jobs.
“Jobs growth over the past 12 months is more than four times stronger than during Labor’s last year in office. Under this government, Australia’s economy is creating about 1,000 jobs per day.
“According to the NAB Monthly Business Survey in October 2017, business conditions are at their highest level in two decades – four times the long-run average.
“The Labor Party offers no credible alternative to deliver jobs and growth. The contrast between the Coalition Government and the high-taxing, high-spending Labor Party could not be clearer.
“Bill Shorten was a senior Minister in the Rudd Gillard Governments and cannot be trusted to look after the hard working families in regional Australia.
“The Coalition Government understands that the best form of welfare is a job. A job brings dignity, purpose and empowerment – and the only record Territorians should trust is the Coalition’s record.”