ECONOMY AND JOBS GOING BACKWARDS UNDER BAILLIEU

The Baillieu Government’s failure to invest in infrastructure has sent Victoria’s unemployment rate skyrocketing, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

Figures released last week show that Victoria’s unemployment rate is at 6.1 per cent, the highest it has been since the Global Financial Crisis.

Ms Graley said that the Baillieu Government’s low infrastructure investment had contributed to the unemployment rate.

‘Despite being elected more than two years ago, the Baillieu Government is still riding on the wave of infrastructure projects started by the former Labor Government,’ she said

‘Mr Baillieu has failed to invest in new infrastructure in Victoria, causing economic growth to stagnate and unemployment to skyrocket,’

‘The figures speak for themselves – under the former Labor Government, an average of 4930 jobs were created every month, compared to only 620 under Baillieu.’

Ms Graley said local infrastructure was also suffering as a result of the Baillieu Government’s inaction.

‘Roads funding in Casey has dropped by 95 per cent since the Baillieu Government was elected,’

 ‘The Government spent just $4.5 million on road upgrades in Casey last year; a stark contrast to the $45 million spent on average each year by the former Labor Government,’

‘In RACV’s transport blueprint Growing Pains, released last year, a number of important local projects were identified including the duplication of Thompsons Road,’

‘Unfortunately, the Baillieu Government’s lack of interest in new infrastructure in the outer suburbs means these projects are unlikely to be funded.’