This week we’ll get the national accounts for the June quarter. We don’t need to wait for these national accounts to know that we have a jobs crisis in this country. We have a jobs crisis but we have a government without a plan to deal with it. We have a jobs crisis but we have a government which says that we have to wait until the October budget before they’ll put forward some ideas for how to deal with it. Australians are tired of being told by this government how bad things are going to get; they want to know what the government is actually going to do about it.
This Morrison government has a plan to wind back jobkeeper, to cut super, and to freeze the pension but they don’t have a plan for new jobs in this country. It’s a new plan which is desperately needed for jobs. We know now that a million Australians are unemployed and that the government expects another 400,000 Australians will join the jobless queues between now and Christmas, but we don’t know what the government intends to do about it.
We have a government which spends all of its time blame shifting and finger pointing. The treasurer Josh Frydenberg was at it again this morning. This guy only ever talks about the Labor party or the Victorian state government, and that’s because he has no ideas of his own for how to deal with this jobs crisis which has emerged on his watch. He actually said this morning that with numbers as bad as they are in Victoria, we can’t wait any longer for a plan. The same logic applies to his lack of a plan when it comes to this jobs crisis in Australia more broadly. He is the sort of treasurer that spends all his time chasing headlines and not enough time chasing jobs. That’s why his colleagues have started to criticise him so openly in the newspapers in recent days.
This is a government which is long on marketing, but short of a plan. We do have a genuine jobs crisis in this country. We need a government chasing jobs, not just chasing headlines. Unfortunately we don’t have that right now. This government, which wants to freeze the pension, cut super, and wind back jobkeeper will spend most of this week telling us how bad the economy is and trying to pretend that it’s all about Victoria. But I think Australians know, understand, and appreciate that it is long past time for the Morison government to come up with a plan for the jobs crisis which has emerged on their watch.