Can we really believe the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, when not so long ago they had a crisis trying to collate the Australian Census figures, due to under-funding and staff cuts under the Abbott/Turnbull LNP governments.
A totally independent research group Roy Morgan Research put the unemployment figure on their report of 16th of January 2017 (Finding No7123) to be steady at “9.2%” consisting of 1,186,000 people but underemployment to be “10.8%” consisting of 1,398,000 down or 0.7%, desperately looking for more hours of work as they were doing it tough trying to provide for themselves and their families.
Furthermore they found that December 2016 a total of 2.584 million Australians, 20% of the workforces were in this terrible situation, down 106,000 from the December 2015 figure. While some progress has been made, there were still far too many unemployed in this country. This equates to 2.584 personal stories of hardship and the Turnbull government seems to have no answers, this situation is not good enough, and cutting penalty rates to the lowest paid workers in the country is certainly not the answer, in fact this will send small businesses out of business. We desperately need an election, and a huge government investment in our nation to get our people back to work.