The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN: Mr President, I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Employment a question regarding the government’s Our Jobs Plan.
Just to recap for the minister: January 2017 will mark the third anniversary of the Premier’s release of the Our Jobs Plan. Minister, is the government on track to achieve its target of supporting 8,000 workers, and their families, gain new skills, as traditional jobs disappear, by the end of January 2017, a target that is set out in page 10 of the government’s plan?
The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Employment, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive Transformation, Minister for Science and Information Economy) ( 15:14 ): I thank the honourable member for his question, and, as we know, we have had a number of major things happen over the last recent years that have affected South Australia disproportionately to nearly everywhere else in Australia. The slowdown in manufacturing was caused by their friends opposite. There is no getting away from the fact that they chased the car industry out of this state. We have talked about this again.
I admire the Hon. Andrew McLachlan. I admire how bravely he asks these questions, knowing what he is walking into. They give him the questions, and unquestioningly—he doesn’t think about it. He just asks these questions, knowing what he is walking into, knowing that it’s their fault that the slowdown in manufacturing has happened. He is a good soldier for the opposition. That’s why he is soon to be leader of the opposition in this place. Everyone knows it and we talk about it very often.
In relation to jobs created, the slowdown in mining as a result of world commodity prices has massively affected this state.
The PRESIDENT: Order! Minister, sit down. Will the minister not antagonise the other side because it just makes it so much more difficult to control.
The PRESIDENT: I have heard a lot worse. The honourable minister, back on your feet.
The Hon. K.J. MAHER: Thank you, Mr President. We know that we are heading in the right direction now in South Australia. We have done some very hard work in this state. We know from the latest monthly employment figures that there are over 8,000 more people employed in South Australia compared to the 12 months before that, so we can see that the trend is heading in the right direction, but there is still much work to be done.See full session on Hansard