Chance to focus on nation
Husic to push for more knowledge jobs and not let welfare recipients be soft target
CHIFLEY federal Labor MP Ed Husic says his recent elevation into the shadow ministry will allow him to take issues raised at a local level on to the national stage.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has promoted Mr Husic to the role of Opposition spokesman for employment services and workforce participation.
Mr Husic said the issues relating to that portfolio focused on jobseekers and areas of discrimination and underrepresentation in the workforce, and these were “bread and butter” for his Mt Druitt constituents.
“I’m looking forward to picking up local experiences and applying them at a national level,” Mr Husic said.
“One of the things I want to see as the member for Chifley is more knowledge jobs created in our area.
“Young people using their brains and holding onto a job for a lot longer because they have skills in demand.”
Mr Husic said the Government didn’t have “much of an agenda in this space” during the federal election but had since come up with further plans to alter welfare.
“(The Government has) already started rattling the can about ideas of changes to welfare and the way in which people access sup- port,” Mr Husic said. “We want to see people get into work – and get in quickly – but that they aren’t used as a soft target by government just to save a few bucks.”
An area of concern would be the impact of technology on the workforce.
“The statistics say two out of every five jobs will be affected by automation by 2030, and are we ready?” he said. “I don’t think so. How do we help people whose jobs are affected by automation – we need get our act together on that and quickly. ”
I’m looking forward to picking up local experiences and applying them at a national level
Chifley Labor MP Ed Husic.