A Shorten Labor Government will deliver an additional 100 Department of Human Services (DHS) jobs for the Northern Territory if it is successful at the federal election on 18 May.
This election is a choice between better quality and access to services versus the Liberals cruel cuts and chaos.
The additional 100 permanent and full-time jobs will boost DHS services, including Centrelink and Medicare, from Darwin and Palmerston, to Alice Springs, Katherine and Coolalinga.
It will also include 15 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specialists – to help improve services and outreach to the community.
“Medicare and Centrelink services help Northern Territory communities when they need it the most – with Medicare rebates, pension claims, disability support pensions and carers’ allowance payments,” said Linda Burney, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services.
“The truth is Centrelink is in crisis under the Morrison Government. It is under-staffed and under-resourced.”
“This is an investment by Labor in better jobs and better service for the Northern Territory” said Ed Husic, Shadow Minister for Human Services.
“Apart from the fact that 100 jobs will provide a welcome economic boost, these full time, well trained, permanent positions will be there to help Territorians when they need it most” he said.
“This commitment is an example of how a Shorten Labor Government will invest in the Northern Territory by creating employment opportunities, growing the region’s economy and making sure government resources are allocated where both the jobs and the services are needed.”
“These jobs will inject around $7.5 million a year into the Northern Territory economy, once rolled out.”
“These DHS jobs will make a real difference to service delivery and support for people in the bush, as well as urban residents,” said Senator Malarndirri McCarthy.
“This announcement is about the delivery of real, permanent employment but also about providing better services for Northern Territories’ 9,610 aged pensioners, 16,702 Family Tax Benefit recipients, 2,239 Youth Allowance recipients and 8,026 disability support pension recipients,” said Labor Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon.
“These 100 additional permanent and full-time jobs will improve access to Centrelink and reduce waiting and processing time for the Territory,” said Labor Member for Solomon Luke Gosling.
WEDNESDAY, 1 MAY 2019