Mandurah Jobs Forum: local politicians to put partisanship aside in hosting forum for job seekers

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash and Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie. Picture: Jon Hewson
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash and Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie. Picture: Jon Hewson

STATE and Federal Members of Parliament representing the Peel Region will host a bipartisan Jobs Forum in Mandurah next month.

It is the first time MPs from both sides of politics will hold a joint forum in WA.

Mandurah MLA David Templeman said unemployment was a significant issue across the Peel Region.

“The Peel Jobs Forum will serve as an opportunity for the community to come together to share their experiences and ideas on how we can work together to tackle this problem,’’ he said.

Canning MHR Andrew Hastie said he had held community meetings around the Peel region over the Parliamentary break.

“Wherever I go, the message has been the same: people want more local jobs, less red tape for small businesses, and greater opportunities for young people,’’ he said.

“While my duties in Canberra mean I will be unable to attend the forum, I’m excited to work with my State colleagues on the issue.”

Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup said the community had sent a message during the State Election.

“They want us to get on with the job, listen to what they have to say and take action,’’ he said.

“The Peel Jobs Forum isn’t about politicians talking, it’s about listening.

“We want to hear first hand the challenges, experiences that people are having in finding or holding a down a secure job.”

The Jobs Forum is in Mandurah on June 1 from 6.30pm at a venue yet to be confirmed.

Registration is essential on www.peeljobsforum.com or by contacting local MPs.

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