We are constantly hearing from businesses, farmers and industries that they can’t get workers.
In the meantime, almost 950,000 people are collecting unemployment benefits.
Something has to give, and the answer is not higher immigration which will only put a greater burden on our hospitals, doctors, schools, nursing homes roads and infrastructure – especially housing.
We have thousands of people having been on long term unemployment benefits for decade – with some even passing it on as a family tradition.
We have a vast untapped workforce of older Australians on the aged pension more than willing to work to supplement their income in these difficult times.
As you can tell by Labor’s answers to me in question time, they have no plans to address these issues.