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PM paves way for recovery with JobMaker plan

Scott Morrison
Grace Ormsby
26 May 2020 — 1 minute read

Reminding Australians that current JobKeeper and JobSeeker stimulus measures are temporary, the Prime Minister has launched a new COVID-19 recovery plan.

In an effort to “win the battle for jobs”, Mr Morrison has announced a JobMaker plan in an address to the National Press Club — “for a new generation of economic success”.

The new plan comes amid a sobering economic backdrop, where unemployment levels move above 10 per cent and government debt levels rise above 30 per cent of the GDP.

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Conceding that opening up will be harder than closing down, the Prime Minister said: “We will have to all retrain, to live and work in a way that creates a sustainable COVID-19-safe economy and society.

“As we reset for growth, our JobMaker plan will be guided by the principles that we, as Liberals and Nationals, have always believed in: to secure Australia’s future and put people first in our economy.”

While details of the new plan have yet to be revealed, it will involve a complete overhaul of Australia’s “clunky and unresponsive” skills and training system and a new version of the “Accord”, to bring together unions, employer groups and businesses in a bid to reform the industrial relations system.

“Beginning immediately, the Minister for Industrial Relations, the Attorney-General Christian Porter, will lead a new, time-bound, dedicated process bringing employers, industry groups, employee representatives and government to the table to chart a practical reform agenda — a job-making agenda — for Australia’s industrial relations system,” he outlined.

PM paves way for recovery with JobMaker plan
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