Keppel MP says payroll tax deduction key to unemployment

KEPPEL'S Brittany Lauga is planning to tackle her region's youth unemployment several ways, but her first push is to see the payroll tax deduction.

She believed the State Labor Party's pre-election promise to deduct the payroll tax by 25% was a key component to lowering the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast's unemployment rate.

Several employers told the Keppel MP they were very keen to recruit young trainees and apprentices but the payroll tax on businesses was too high.

"There are a number of policies that Labor will push to try to lower the unemployment rate across Queensland, but we will eventually see those over the next few months," she said.

In the December 2014, Rockhampton Regional Council area's unemployment rate was about 6.77%

One such policy was the reintroduction of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program, which Mrs Lauga said could create more jobs in Central Queensland.

Up to 8000 job seekers across the state are set to benefit after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced $60 million would be allocated to deliver a revamped Skilling Queenslanders for Work program in 2015 and 2016.

The Premier announced details of the reinstated initiative, which was abolished by the previous LNP Government despite its proven track record.

"Skilling Queenslanders for Work has a proven track record of delivering Central Queenslanders real employment opportunities," Mrs Lauga said.

"This is an initiative that's worth $60 million a year over four years and it's going to deliver immediate benefits to our local community.

"Jobs are this government's number one priority and we're serious about putting Queenslanders back to work.

Mrs Lauga said Skilling Queenslanders for Work would have a strong focus on developing skills to match current and future industry needs.

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