ED HUSIC MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE DIGITAL ECONOMY
MEMBER FOR CHIFLEY
MATT KEOGH MP
MEMBER FOR BURT
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR HASLUCK
LABOR WILL INVEST IN 90 EXTRA JOBS FOR WA
A Shorten Labor Government will create 90 permanent full time Department of Human Services jobs in WA.
This is an investment in better jobs and better service.
These 90 new and secure jobs will inject up to $6.48 million into the local economy each and every year.
It is a further example of Federal Labor's commitment to investing in areas where both the jobs and the services are needed, as well as to improving Australian Government service delivery.
With 50 jobs allocated to the electorate of Hasluck and 40 to Burt, the jobs will benefit thousands of residents across WA, provide full time permanent roles in some of the most disadvantaged areas in the Perth metropolitan area.
The Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government has turned its back on WA with a campaign of cuts and outsourcing within DHS and Centrelink that are leaving residents waiting longer to receive support.
Medicare and Centrelink services help Australian families when they need it the most - when people are sick, processing aged care pensions, child care support, disability support pensions and carers allowance payments.
These new jobs will improve access to Medicare and Centrelink and reduce waiting and processing time for older Australians.
Income support is complex and that's why it is important there are properly trained and permanent staff who are familiar with the personal circumstances facing income support recipients.
Labor can afford this because we have made the tough decisions to make multinationals pay their fair share of tax and close tax loopholes used by the top end of town.
We will also clamp down on blowouts in spending on contractors and consultants, and unnecessary and unreasonable travel.
Labor is focused on WA jobs and services - we're listening to the local community and making the investments needed to build a stronger local economy and create genuine job opportunities.
Quotes attributed to Matt Keogh, Federal Member for Burt:
"There are 14,000 age pensioners in Burt who have endured lengthy phone wait times to Centrelink as well as lengthy wait times for their pensions to be approved. There are more than 3,500 disability support pension recipients - all who will benefit from the increased support as a result of these jobs."
"The truth is Centrelink is in crisis under the Liberal Government. It's under staffed and under resourced. People receiving the age pension, disability support pension and carers payment have already put up with enough, and the delays at Centrelink only make it their lives more difficult. These jobs will go a long way to improving their Centrelink experience and let them get on with their lives."
Quotes attributed to James Martin, Labor Candidate for Hasluck:
"With more than 14,500 age pension recipients and 8,500 families receiving the family tax benefit these new roles will ensure that residents receive the support from our service providers they deserve."
50 jobs, injecting $3.6 million into Hasluck
This will benefit Haslucks:
over 14,500 age pension recipients
over 2500 carer allowance recipients
over 3000 disability support pension recipients
over 8500 family tax benefit recipients
over 1300 students or young people undertaking an apprenticeship.
over 5000 Newstart recipients
40 jobs, injecting $2.88 million into Burt
This will benefit Burt's:
nearly 14,000 age pension recipients
over 3000 carer allowance recipients
over 3500 disability support pension recipients
over 13,000 family tax benefit recipients
over 2000 students or young people undertaking an apprenticeship.
over 7000 Newstart recipients