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Transcript 15285 Weekly Message - Economic Expansion

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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

More information about Howard, John on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 14/09/2007

Release Type: Speech

Transcript ID: 15285


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Good morning,

Australia is experiencing the longest unbroken period of economic expansion in its history.

There are more people in work than ever before and business - both big and small - remain optimistic about the future.

While not everyone is enjoying the benefits of our current prosperity, the economic outlook is very positive.

The International Monetary Fund yesterday handed down a special report on the Australian economy describing it amongst the very best in the world.

Despite this, I believe we can do better.

I believe that Australia can have a full-employment economy - where anyone who wants a job and is able to work - has a job.

And not just any job, but one that leads to a lasting career.

The Labor Party - by reversing the Government's workplace reforms - would make a full-employment economy an unattainable goal.

Their plan to abolish laws that encourage small business to take on more staff would have a damaging impact on the job market and lead to higher unemployment.

The Coalition has a plan to maintain Australia's prosperity - Labor has a plan to wreck it.

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Transcript 15285