LNP candidate for Fairfax Ted O’Brien launched his election campaign today, outlining his plan to generate a broader range of employment opportunities for Sunshine Coast youth if elected on September 7.
Speaking at his campaign launch in Maroochydore this afternoon, Mr O’Brien said youth unemployment was one of the biggest concerns raised during his doorknocking of residents and businesses.
Mr O’Brien said only the Coalition had a plan to deliver the strong united government needed to tackle this major issue for Fairfax voters.
“It’s a travesty that Labor’s mismanagement of the economy has left our region with one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Australia,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The Sunshine Coast has abundant natural resources as well as highly regarded public and private schools, a University and a TAFE but it’s clear that Labor have not created enough opportunities available to keep young people employed here on the Sunshine Coast.
“The Coalition has a clear plan to boost jobs on the Sunshine Coast through a combination of growing the economy, cutting small business red tape and taxes and giving young jobseekers a leg up through paid employment programs.”
Mr O’Brien said local youth currently tended to be employed in the retail, hospitality and construction sectors, all of which were struggling under Labor’s poor management of Australia’s economy and their failure to give businesses the confidence to retain staff during low seasons.
“Under employment is also a major issue for youth as their hours or shifts are constantly being changed or reduced due to the constant economic instability and uncertainty Labor has created,” he said.
Mr O’Brien said his priority would be to work with all levels of Government to identify and create a more diverse industry base which would not be so vulnerable to economic downturn.
“I started my career as a trainee baker in the family business and worked my way to a career in international business, so I have a really good understanding of many different industries and how to leverage opportunities to create sustainable growth,” he said.
“The good news is that we have the ingredients to build a dynamic regional economy for the future and a plan to combine them all together by diversifying our industries, modernising our infrastructure and unleashing the energy of the younger generation.
“To drive growth, we need to diversify to include the sectors of, Health and Wellbeing, Tourism and Leisure, Education and Training, Farming and Food as well as Design and Production. I am committed to working with all levels of Government to create greater opportunities for our region.”
For more information on Ted O’Brien visit www.tedobrien.com.au