The State Liberals are demanding that Premier Jay Weatherill gives the critical Employment portfolio to a senior minister following the resignation of the current Employment Minister Gail Gago.
“South Australia’s unemployment crisis is the single most important issue facing the State and it’s time the Employment Minister became the driver of an effective jobs creation strategy,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“Since 2009 there have been 6 Employment Ministers in a revolving door Ministry that has resulted in a complete failure to develop a long-term, coordinated policy to deliver job creation in South Australia.
“Premier Weatherill’s admission on 5AA that to date the Employment Minister has little more to do than front the media after the release of the ABS monthly jobs figures is a damning indictment of his approach to jobs creation.
“The way government’s structured, the fact that we have an Employment Minister which usually goes with Training and Further Education, merely the person that tends to front the monthly employment figures.” (Premier 5AA 15.01.16)
“Premier Weatherill’s further claim that all Ministers are responsible for jobs creation just highlights how little strategic thought has gone into the development of a jobs strategy in this state.
“Look, every Minister’s an Employment Minister to be frank.” ( Premier 5AA 15.01.16)
“Premier Weatherill was correct when he admitted he has to work harder to create the jobs South Australia so desperately needs”.
Paul Caica, Michael O’Brien, Jack Snelling, Tom Kenyon, Grace Portolesi and Gail Gago have all held the Employment portfolio since 2009.