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CQ SKILLS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK

September 29, 2021

RICHARD MARLES MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION, EMPLOYMENT, SKILLS AND SMALL BUSINESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SCIENCE
MEMBER FOR CORIO

SENATOR MURRAY WATT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
LABOR SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

RUSSELL ROBERTSON
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR CAPRICORNIA

CQ SKILLS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK


The Aussie BBQ and humble snag are under threat in the nation’s Beef Capital, as Central Queensland continues to grapple with the Morrison-Joyce Government’s skills crisis.

The number of local butchers in training has plummeted under this Government, despite Rockhampton being renowned for bulls and beef.

Federal Government data confirms the number of butcher apprenticeships across Capricornia has fallen by 55 per cent since the LNP Government was elected in 2013 and as a result, locals are paying the price.

Queensland has been the hardest hit state, with apprentice butcher numbers dropping by 65 per cent overall, with the Morrison Government responsible for a cut of more than 1,000 trainee butchers.

The Liberals and Nationals have stripped $3 billion from the skills sector and as a result Australia doesn’t have the pipeline of thousands of workers across critical industries, resulting in a serious skills crisis.

The neglect of the Morrison Government means that we are now seeing a serious shortage of highly trained workers in some our most vital sectors, including butchers.
The skills crisis is putting huge pressure on employers in Central Queensland who can’t find the labour they need.

It’s time Morrison started taking trades seriously and started investing in Australia’s future.

WEDNESDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2021

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