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A million jobs sound better than 400,000

A million jobs sound better than 400,000

There is nothing more rubbery than government figures on jobs and unemployment—they all lie like hell. Turnbull has abandoned his boast of 1,100 jobs per day rubbish for the healthier chime of 1 million over, well… that all depends on your perception of time and what sort of jobs and oddly enough there are more than 730,00 still our of work—some things don’t add up—just like the latest budget ruse. But we are used to such twaddle.

The biggest myth surrounding the Tony Abbott’s pledge of 1 million jobs in five years is that he reached for the stars.
Welcoming the 1 million mark several months ahead of schedule Malcolm Turnbull said it “seemed pretty ambitious at that time”. It didn’t, because at the time Abbott made it, in November 2012 a year before the election, it was unexceptional.
His full commitment was to create “1 million new jobs within five years, and 2 million new jobs over the next decade”.

Source: Fairfax

Despite pessimism from some, 1 million jobs was never a big ask

The previous five years had been pretty unimpressive. They included the financial crisis. But the five years before that, during the mining boom, had been stellar. Over the entire 10 years employment had climbed 2,106,500.

Which is why Abbott promised 2 million.
Early in his term a Coalition insider told Fairfax Media there had been no modelling or detailed calculations behind the pledge.
Abbott had looked at what Howard had achieved and “assumed they could achieve the same outcome”.
Population growth would help. It would be easier to boost the workforce by 2 million with the larger population we would have in 10 years time than with the smaller population Howard had.
For a while, unusually low jobs growth during Gillard’s last year and Abbott’s first made it look as if the target would be hard to beat. Calculated decisions to deny lifelines to Holden, Ford and Toyota forcing them to close made the target harder.
Labor’s Chris Bowen succumbed to the pessimism, saying at the time that all the evidence was that Abbott would “fall well short”.

But an improving international economy and a gift from Julia Gillard turned things around. So big is the National Disability Insurance Scheme that it’ll cost $20 billion per year when fully operational, two thirds as much as defence.
The Productivity Commission believes it will create one in five of all the new jobs in the second half of this decade.
Abbott is odds on to get his second million, whether or not he or his colleagues are around to deliver it.

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  • Muphin 18/05/2018, 5:22 am

    Time for a name change from the TURD to Malcolm HOUDINI, the Hungarian born American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts.

    Strange, 1 million jobs, yet the unemployment figures haven’t changed one IOTA!!

    All of a sudden there are 100’s of thousand disable people. Thousands are genuine the rest are bludgers with their snouts sucking on the teat of the public purse, milking it for every drop. These bludgers are depriving the genuine disabled from funds and help that could make their live a little bit easier.

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 18/05/2018, 7:44 am

      I worked out on some figures given that over 2% of the population were on the NDIS and another 2% (roughly) were suffering from some autistic, you name it, pick your choice of whatever ailment, so we have 4% of the population disabled. So much for out sun tanned bronze Anzac nation. the bottom line is that most of the are bludging on the system.

    • Penguinite 18/05/2018, 7:48 am

      Sadly, as of yesterday, the jobless rate has changed ! It’s increased? However, the essence of Ed’s comments are true. All governments lie through their teeth when spruiking numbers and $$$.

  • Lorraine 18/05/2018, 8:37 am

    those immigrants that come in each year have jobs, if our unemployed has stayed the same. we are taking in about 250 thousand so over 5 years , over 1 million jobs are taken. In my town nothing seems to have changed.

  • John Klasen 18/05/2018, 9:00 am

    It comes down to this, the only time a politician tells the truth is when he call another politician a liar.

  • Biking Voter 18/05/2018, 9:14 am

    We don’t make anything any more, we don’t build anything any more, hell, even the people that are supposedly customer service operators to help with your phone enquiries are based in either Mumbai or Manilla.

    I am left wondering where these jobs are to be created and to be clear on this, the public serpents don’t count as jobs.

    • Lorraine 18/05/2018, 11:08 am

      NDIS and health services all employed by the Government . Federal or State Governments, all the jobs are for Carers

  • DT 18/05/2018, 9:33 am

    How many new full time jobs and related tax revenue collection does it take to fund Centrelink for the new clients each year of migrants who cannot find work or are not interested?

  • Honeybadger 18/05/2018, 10:01 am

    I believe if you work one hour a week, you are regarded as employed.

    • Biking Voter 18/05/2018, 12:46 pm

      Which is why they now speak of “Full time equivalency”, you have so many people under-employed but it allows you to crow about how many full time equivalent jobs you have ‘created’.

      • Neville 18/05/2018, 10:41 pm

        Although, even FTE point-scoring is fraught with danger – and govt lies. For example, if there 10 extra people employed, and their average hours are, say, a few (let’s say 3) hours a day more or less, then we have just barely a total of ONE (40-hour week) job, so 10 people “employed” is exactly ONE so-called “FTE”.

  • Clarion Call 18/05/2018, 2:50 pm

    The actual, unadulterated figures on employment will never be presented to the public. If the truth be known, many of the politicians today would be turfed out so quickly their backsides would burn to the bone. The same applies to immigration and the hidden numbers we must never know about. Both parties are involved in the dis-information scam. One day the truth will out and the flack will fly. Until then….

  • JohnE 18/05/2018, 3:11 pm

    Firstly, they tell us how many jobs have been created but not how many have been de-created ie lost. All I hear are things like the car and other manufacturing industries closing down, power stations being blown up or closed down, banks branches closing, etc. So apart from the various public services just where are these jobs being created,

    Secondly, we know that the Pallet-of-chooks government here in Queensland put on 20,000 public servants. Because the State is about $82billion in debt then it would be safe to assume that they are being paid on the State’s credit cards, (1 or 2) must be maxed out. This means that Sco-mo’s extra income tax is coming from the credit card. Seems to me he is actually shifting debt from the Commonwealth to the Queensland government, sort of like robbing Peter to pay Paul or feeding a giant Ponzi scheme.

    • Neville 18/05/2018, 10:46 pm

      Yes! How about the (lying) govt tell us the actual NET :job-creation” numbers?
      BTW, govts don’t actually “create” jobs. Oh yes, a govt may indeed “employ” an extra XX number of sibyl serpents, but that is NOT “jobs created”. Only a person (or group called a company) can “create” jobs, by putting their capital on the line, working their bollocks off trying to expand their business, and thereby “creating” the need for 1 or more “FTE” positions.

  • Penguinite 18/05/2018, 3:19 pm

    Don’t blame the refugees! Most of them remain unemployed and a drain on our financial resources at least 5 years after arrival. At the same time they are reproducing little Muslims at record rates.

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