WA economy moving at two speeds: CCI

Western Australia's Chamber of Commerce and Industry says despite growth returning to pre-GFC levels, there are further signs that the state's economy is moving at two speeds.


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All the best to those who have taken the initiative to join the booming resources game. It means long periods away from their families, hard work and often risky occupations. The nation needs more people like them. Yet we see figures of 4.6% unemployment in NSW, 4.9% (!!!) in Victoria, 5% in Tasmania and 5.6% in South Australia. (according to the department of education website) Why are these people allowed to sit in unsustainable lifestyles while our state is screaming for labour? Why are they still allowed to collect benefits if there is work available if the work is available but they do not possess the initiative to go our and get it? The danger here is Volte's casual work visas; guest worker programs. These would be a horrific development on several fronts. It would entrench the availability of workers at slave like wages, while excluding local people from the jobs.

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WA-like the rest of Australia has been wrecked by the Reserve Bank increasing Interest rates -time for the RBA to be sacked and replaced by another type of Central Bank in touch with the Community

Cheers Daryl! In addition To his "Why are people still allowed to collect benefits?" Not only do these people have to work away from their families for long periods of time, they also work long hours but do not get any exemption of relief on their taxes for this compulsory extra work but they are also in the bracket where they receive no government concessions and have to pay higher medicare levies despite the fact that most of them are too busy to fall ill, they also do not receive any of the government bonus's like the $900 per child, No family assistance etc. They just pay and pay and pay. And whilst some of the benefit collectors point the finger and say "they dont have to if they dont want to!" if the mining industry decided they too want to be at home and just do 40hr weeks or not work there would be no money for any of them. Young people who have benn 6months unemployed and not studying should be made to go and get a trade in the mining industry...who knows, they might just gain some respect, some self confidence and some savings! Mining people are the back bone of our economy right now and like any spine, if you dont look after it, it breaks!

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What a wonderful problem to have. One the one hand, "THE FORGOTTEN MAN" syndrome; on the other don't expect any of your libertine politicians to penalize their welfare constituents by requiring 40 hours worth of anything. Just be grateful such as it is, that your real number of "do - nothings"; isn't in the double digits.

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