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More full-time job losses across Gippsland

More than 1700 Gippsland workers have lost their jobs since Daniel Andrews came to office.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures released this week show 1,749 full-time jobs had been lost since the Melbourne Labor Government came to office in December 2014.

“This news is very bad for many local families who will be struggling through what should be a joyous time of year for all,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The loss of over 1700 jobs will mean that thousands of Gippsland families will struggle to put food on the table, buy Christmas presents for their children, pay bills and buy new school books and uniforms.

“It’s taken Melbourne Labor just one year to wreak havoc on the economies of rural areas of Gippsland.

“If Mr Andrews was sympathetic to these workers, he would not have written a $1.1 billion cheque as compensation for not building the East West Link.”

Mr O’Brien said the number of people in full-time jobs in the Gippsland region had fallen from 78,421 in December 2014 to 76,672 in November 2015. In addition, the local unemployment rate has risen from six per cent to almost eight per cent.

“Before the election, Daniel Andrews promised to create 100,000 full-time jobs within two years as part of his Back to Work scheme,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Since the Andrews Labor Government came to office we have seen sharp falls in full-time employment in our region. This government’s botched $100 million Back to Work scheme has created just 164 jobs, that doesn’t even equate to a job for each person at the local footy club.”

Mr O’Brien said the failed back to work program was in stark contrast to the former Coalition Government’s Regional Growth Fund that delivered more than 3,500 direct jobs and 4,750 indirect jobs for people living in the state’s regional and rural areas.

“At a time when we need to be creating job opportunities for workers in Gippsland to support their families, Daniel Andrews is all talk and no action.”

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