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Jobs joke no laughing matter

Judith Collins
National Party Welfare Spokeswoman

10 August 2005

Jobs joke no laughing matter

National’s Welfare spokeswoman, Judith Collins, says today’s Jobs Jolt quarterly evaluation report is a joke, but it is no laughing matter because Labour is misrepresenting the effects of its policies.

“Labour is hiding behind economic growth to try to make us believe its policies are having an effect on beneficiary numbers,” says Ms Collins.

“But in fact the report doesn’t say what impact most of the programmes have had on jobless figures. The few that do mostly show the programmes are having no effect whatsoever.

“All the outcomes Mr Maharey has quoted today are gross outcomes. Of course people are going to come off benefits in times of economic growth. The figures he gives tell us practically nothing.

“The most telling figures would be those giving the impact of the Jobs Jolt programmes on employment outcomes. But, of course, those figures are not available.

“Labour is crowing as though Jobs Jolt is responsible for reducing unemployment.

“Employers and the formerly jobless who have taken advantage of buoyant economic conditions should be insulted by this Labour Government’s arrogance,” says Ms Collins.


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