Victorian Labor has today announced the first stage of its plan to keep Victorians in work and is asking the community and business groups to have their say.
With the Baillieu Government refusing to do the work needed to create jobs and grow the economy, Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews and Shadow Treasurer, Tim Holding today visited A&L Windows in Dandenong to announce Labor would take the lead and develop a jobs and investment plan.
Mr Andrews and Mr Holding have written to more than 240 organisations, including business groups, local councils and unions, seeking their views that will help shape the plan.
Labor will also hold a series of forums across the State.
“We are doing what the Baillieu Government refuses to do – develop a jobs plan,” Mr Andrews said.
“Unlike the Baillieu Government, we believe it’s important to listen to the community and experts and that’s why we are seeking input from a wide range of groups as we develop our plan to keep Victorians in work.”
Victoria’s unemployment rate has increased to 5.4 per cent and is higher than the national rate, while infrastructure investment fell by 6.8 per cent in Victoria in 2011, compared to growth of 30 per cent nation wide.
“Our economy is facing significant challenges, with a high Australian dollar, slowing investment and a rising unemployment rate,” Mr Andrews said.
“We understand the State Government can’t control the world we live in, but it can have a plan to attract investment and secure jobs.
“Nothing is more important to Victorian families than a job.
“There are a range of initiatives a State Government can use to keep Victorians in work.
“It can cut the cost of business, invest in infrastructure, invest in the skills of Victorians, attract investment to the State and ensure government spending supports local jobs.
“Business groups and the Opposition have spent months calling for the Premier to develop a jobs plan but so far the Premier has refused.
Shadow Treasurer, Tim Holding said Labor would consult widely to develop its jobs and investment plan.
“Ted Baillieu doesn’t seem interested in doing the hard work needed to make sure Victoria regains its reputation as the jobs engine room of the country, or else he doesn’t understand how important a job is to Victorian families,” Mr Holding said.
“Labor will do the hard work to keep Victorians in work.”
The community, business groups, unions and other organisations can have their say by visiting www.danielandrews.com.au/haveyoursay