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TREASURY DISTANCES DEPARTMENT FROM MORRISON’S DODGY JOBS CLAIMS

October 26, 2020

Today in Senate Estimates, Treasury officials distanced themselves from the dodgy jobs claims made by the Morrison Government as part of its energy and manufacturing announcements.
 
It is clear that many of the jobs promised by the Morrison Government are not worth the press release paper they have been written on.
 
In reference to the claimed 130,000 jobs created by the Government’s technology roadmap, Treasury officials confirmed that they were “not used in the budget. That was a figure in the Minister’s press release.”
 
Scott Morrison’s manufacturing plan promised up to 80,000 direct jobs and up to 300,000 indirect jobs but Treasury officials confirmed that neither figure was “used anywhere in the budget or any of the budget documents.”
 
This is a Prime Minister that chases headlines but not Australian jobs.
 
Decisions taken by the Liberals and Nationals mean that the Morrison Recession will be deeper than necessary and the unemployment queues longer than they need to be.
 
The Prime Minister has been slow to act during this crisis, and his Government’s deliberate decisions to exclude Australians from support mean the only lasting legacies of this crisis could be higher unemployment for longer and a trillion dollars of debt.

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