Employment portfolio scrutinised in Estimates today

Employment Minister Kyam Maher will today appear in front of Budget Estimates.

However, despite South Australia having the highest unemployment rate in the nation, the employment Estimates committee will only last for 30 minutes.

“It’s disappointing that the Weatherill Labor Government has only given 30 minutes to scrutinise the employment budget,” said Shadow Minister for Employment Corey Wingard.

“There is a great deal of uncertainty around the Weatherill Government’s figures in this critical portfolio. “The Deloitte Access Economics (DAE) Business Outlook report released a few weeks after the Budget forecast lower employment growth for 2016-17 (0.6 per cent) and 2019-20 (0.8 per cent) compared to State Treasury’s forecast (0.75 per cent and 1 per cent respectively).

“In terrible news for South Australian job seekers the State Treasury’s jobs growth figures for 2016/17 are less than half of the national average.

“Even Tom Koutsantonis’ own Treasury officers don’t believe that this is a jobs budget.

“In Treasury Estimates last week, Tom Koutsantonis also revealed that money for the Weatherill Labor Government’s job program may be rorted.

“There are still many unanswered questions about how this program will be administered.”

What: Budget Estimates – Employment

When: 9am

Where: House of Assembly Chamber