Chance to fo­cus on na­tion

Hu­sic to push for more knowl­edge jobs and not let wel­fare re­cip­i­ents be soft tar­get

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

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.

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