Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Turnbull’s Tough Talk On Jobs Just A Con

Malcolm Turnbull talks tough on jobs but he is actually making it easier for companies to bring in workers from overseas by signing away labour market testing in trade agreements.

Yesterday Malcolm Turnbull said it would be mandatory for companies to check if there is an Australian who can do the job before they bring in someone from overseas. But that’s not the case for workers from China, Japan or South Korea.

Last year he also agreed to remove this requirement for workers coming Brunei, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

If Malcolm Turnbull removes this requirement as part of the trade deals he is currently negotiating it could potentially mean that up to three quarters of overseas workers are brought in without seeing if there’s an Australian who can do the job first.

Doing this will prove everything he says about putting Australian jobs first is a just lie.

THURSDAY, 20 APRIL 2017

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