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Spending on health and vocational training welcome
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 18:38

Media Release   11 May 2010
WA’s peak union body has welcomed key elements of the federal budget around health spending and skills development.

“The big challenge for the Labor Government was to balance the urgent need to take action on health and training with their commitment to return the budget to surplus,” UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk said in response to the 2010 federal budget.

“More money into health, particularly primary health care, is good.  We urge the Barnett State Government to work to maximise cooperation with the Federal Government  to deliver these funds to WA.”

“We also welcome increased spending on vocational skills – a crucial area for Western Australia, where too often the discussion is around importing skill rather than making sure we harness current job opportunities for young people.

“There are incentives which guarantee a training place for every job seeker under 25.  With WA’s youth unemployment rate at just under 20%, any initiative matching young people to training and then jobs is incredibly important ,” Simone McGurk.

“Extra funding directed to training 22,500 new tradespeople will be money well spent , as will extra money for adult literacy and numeracy. These are often the barriers to getting people into practical training and matching them to jobs.”

“We also acknowledge $79 million for small and medium business to encourage them to take on apprentices in high-skill areas.

“The gradual introduction of compulsory super contributions to 12% is an important step towards decent retirement incomes for ordinary Australians.  We also note the announcement yesterday from the superannuation industry confirming that the government could not afford changes to superannuation without the revenue from the proposed mining tax,” Simone McGurk said toady.

“The Government has tried to allay concerns about the level of government debt, although of course Australia’s debt to GDP ratio is very low comparatively speaking.  

“We have come out of the GFC with lower than expected unemployment rates, which this budget has forecast to be even lower,” Ms McGurk said.  


For comment, please contact Simone McGurk 0407 199 890   UnionsWA 08 9328 7877 

 
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