Monday, 9 December 2013
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Assistant Minister for Employment. I refer to the Prime Minister's promise prior to the election that the government would 'produce one million new jobs in five years'. Minister, if 200,000 car-industry workers are now at risk as a result of the government's cutting half a billion dollars in auto-assistance, how many new jobs will the government commit to by 2016?
I thank the member for his question. It seems the peak of arrogance that the members opposite can stand there and claim to be concerned for auto workers in this country at a time when they tax every unit that comes off the production line. They are only pretending to be concerned for the auto industry. If they were concerned for the auto industry they would get behind the government and help us in our work to axe the carbon tax, to axe the mining tax, to cut red tape and to create opportunities for Australian workers. The opposition is all about pretending; they are not about acting in the best interests for auto workers.