The NSW Opposition released figures in November showing the effects of funding cuts and public sector job cuts under current Liberal/National Party policies in regional areas specifically Monaro.
Duty MLC for Monaro, Steve Whan, said the NSW government and the Nationals local representative are in denial when it comes to the challenges in the region.
He cited Australian Bureau of Statistics figures that show the Capital Region (the region stretching from North of Goulburn to the Victorian border) in September 2014 had 2,300 more people unemployed than there were in April 2011 (ABS: 6291.0.55.001 – Labour Force, Australia, Detailed – Electronic Delivery, Sep 2014).
“This is confirmed by the Federal Department of Employment’s (smoothed) Small Area Labour Market figures which show that in the local government areas making up the Monaro electorate there were 1,450 unemployed people in the June 2014 quarter up from 804 in the December 2012 quarter (the earliest date on which comparison is possible).
For example in the Bulletin distribution area, Queanbeyan unemployed have almost doubled and Palerang has doubled in that time span, according to these figures (which do go up and down a bit on a quarterly basis).
|Small Area Labour Market Smoothed Unemployment|
|Local Government Area (LGA)||Dec-12||Mar-13||Jun-13||Sep-13||Dec-13||Mar-14||Jun-14|
“What is really worrying is the head in the sand attitude of government ministers who say: “you’ve never had it so good”. These people are completely unable to get past their blind endorsement of the Liberal’s Sydney- centric policies to focus on the Capital Region’s quite different challenges.
As public sector workers demonstrated in Queanbeyan in November about job cuts, Whan said: “We are losing jobs in our region because of the policies of conservative governments and that flows through to other local businesses.”