House debates

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Questions without Notice

Budget

2:27 pm

Photo of Scott MorrisonScott Morrison (Cook, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | Hansard source

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We must not make the mistakes of the past and allow the young people who lose their job today to become the long-term unemployed of tomorrow.

In a global recession young people always feature heavily in the ranks of retrenched and laid off workers.

This Compact is to ensure that young Australians who lose their job in this recession are trained to be the tradespeople and professionals of the recovery.

That was Julia Gillard in April 2009.

Back in the early nineties there was a program called Jobstart that was introduced following the Keating recession, not a recession produced by a global pandemic today. This recession has been produced by a global pandemic. Australians know that. The Leader of the Opposition seems to be the only person in the country who doesn't know there has been a global pandemic. Back during that time, the former Prime Minister said that that program was about supporting young people.

Now, I don't know what the Leader of the Opposition has got against getting young people back into jobs, in opposing the programs that we're putting forward and characterising them in the way he does, but he might want to listen to this. From March to August there has been a 6.2 per cent decrease—

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