Warren Truss hits back over union’s jobless claims

MEMBER for Wide Bay Warren Truss has hit back after the Queensland Council of Unions suggested he may lose his seat over unemployment fears.

While union president John Battams admitted the Deputy Prime Minister's seat was usually safe, he claimed the next Federal election would be heavily influenced by unemployment.

But Mr Truss said that historically, unemployment was worse under federal Labor regimes than under Coalition governments.

"A clear example is the fact that, under the Howard Government, unemployment in Wide Bay fell to 3.5 per cent - well below the national average," he said.

"Upon coming into government, Labor cancelled many programs that supported jobs growth in regional areas, including the Sustainable Regions program, and in a short time Wide Bay's unemployment rate had increased to 12.3 per cent - well above the national average.

"The current Coalition government now faces the task of cleaning up Labor's mess - again - and we are getting on with the job by putting in place a range of measures to create jobs and strengthen the region's economy."

Mr Truss said the Coalition government offered a range of programs to bolster employment in regional areas like the Wide Bay.

The Coalition also recently announced the new $5 billion Jobactive program.

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