Beattie rejects WorkChoices jobs boost claim

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Beattie rejects WorkChoices jobs boost claim

Employer groups and Prime Minister John Howard are claiming that WorkChoices has led to a surge in jobs, but Queensland Premier Beattie says the claim is nonsense.

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Employer groups and Prime Minister John Howard are claiming that WorkChoices has led to a surge in jobs, but Queensland Premier Beattie says the claim is nonsense.

ABS figures released this week show the jobless rate in Qld has fallen to 3.4% which Howard and Commerce Queensland have attributed to the Federal Government's new IR laws.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) said there has been significant improvement in employment and unemployment since WorkChoices commenced in March 2006, with the number of jobs increased by 326,200 or 3.2%.

'The evidence coming in is that WorkChoices is good for the Australian economy and has been very good for jobs,' ACCI said.

Not around long enough

But Beattie said WorkChoices has not been around long enough to have an impact in Queensland.

'In the term prior to my coming to office the unemployment in Queensland was 9.5%, now it's 3.7%. WorkChoices has been around for 30 seconds,' he said. 'This has got nothing to do with WorkChoices, and if Commerce Queensland are going to campaign for the Liberal party in the next Federal election they should say so.'

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