House debates

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Matters of Public Importance

Economic Leadership

4:20 pm

Photo of Craig KellyCraig Kelly (Hughes, Liberal Party) Share this | Hansard source

What a fantastic pleasure it is to follow the member for Bendigo and also the member for Lilley! The member for Lilley said, 'It keeps coming back to me.' It certainly does! I remember, several years ago in this very same chamber, that we had the member for Lilley standing at that dispatch box and telling us about the four years of surpluses he announced that night.

Dr Leigh interjecting

That was your work, was it also, the member for Fraser, down there at the dispatch box squawking like a duck? He said, 'This budget delivers for the coming year, on time, on promised surpluses year-on-year, strengthening.' That is what keeps coming back to the public of Australia.

The member for Lilley and also the member for Bendigo went on about Labor's great job-creation record. So let us just have a look at that quickly for a minute. In the 2013-14 year, in that entire 12 months, only 7,200 new jobs were created in the economy. And you know what? There was a loss of 90,000 full-time jobs. Full-time jobs went backwards. We were only able to get that small 7,200 job increase because we had a transfer of jobs from full-time people going into part-time employment.

Let's have a look at the coalition's record over the last 12 months. There were 298,300 new jobs created in this economy.


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