Labor taskforce to meet at St Marys

Lindsay MP Emma Husar addressing workers about cuts to penalty rates earlier this year.
Lindsay MP Emma Husar addressing workers about cuts to penalty rates earlier this year.

A jobs taskforce established by Labor leader Bill Shorten will hold a forum in Lindsay on Friday (August 11).

Lindsay MP Emma Husar announced the Australian Jobs Taskforce would hold the forum to look at addressing “current and future jobs needs, challenges and possibilities”.

“In the next 33 years, more people will be living west of Parramatta than east,” Ms Husar said in a statement. “Half a million western Sydney workers will need to commute outside the region, with an expected 200,000 fewer local jobs available than workers by the year 2026.

“We have a three per cent higher cost of living and inferior transport options compared to our inner city cousins. Large numbers of workers are losing penalty rates, with many more fearful they’ll be next.

“Population growth is outstripping jobs growth. There is clearly a growing need to create, attract and sustain quality jobs.”

Mr Shorten launched the taskforce to ensure “decent, secure jobs remain at the top of the agenda”, she said.

“I encourage our local businesses, employers, and members of the community to share their stories and help plan for a better future,” Ms Husar said.

The forum will be held on Friday, August 11 from 10am to 12pm at St Marys RSL. To register, visit https://www.trybooking.com/RERH

Submissions can also be made via email at emma.husar.mp@aph.gov.au.

“We want to hear people’s views, experiences and ideas. Sharing their story will help plan for a better future,” Ms Husar said.