Julia’s Big Lie On Jobs

3 Dec

Back in May, barnabyisright.com was the first (and only?) to debunk Treasurer Swan’s hand waving Big Lie about how many jobs the Labor government have “created” since coming to power. Using their own budget documents. It was Wayne’s pre-budget red herring, to distract the media from the upcoming record budget deficit announcement.

We followed up in June, with conclusive proof of his Big Lie from the Australian Bureau of Statistics official Labour Force data.

Now Julia herself has joined in Wayne’s lying-on-the-jobs action.

Here’s what she claimed yesterday at the ALP’s National Conference, in a speech where she used the word “jobs” over 30 times … a classic snow-them-with-BS propaganda technique that explains why the fourth estate won’t notice or check up on what she claimed (h/t Andrew Bolt):

“We are on track to create 300,000 new jobs over the next two years”

Statements like that prompt your humble blogger to rub his typing fingers together with Monty-esque glee:

Especially after our Treasurer’s claims back in May.

Recall, not only did Wayne falsely claim that “we created 750,000 jobs since we came to office when other nations shed millions of jobs…“.

He went further:

“…and we will create half a million more in the next two years

Let us leave aside for the moment the tiny little matter of Wayne’s “half a million more” back in May, versus Julia’s “300,000” yesterday.

Even though we could well say, “Here endeth the lesson”.

Let us instead take another look at the latest ABS Labour Force statistics, to see whether or not Julia is “on track to create 300,000 new jobs over the next two years”.

Here’s a chart of Full-time Employed Persons from June – the end of last financial year, and the month following Wayne’s original “half a million more” claim – through to October:

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That’s 5,300 fewer full-time employed persons. In 4 months (end June to end October).

How about Part-time employed persons?

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That’s 22,700 more part-time employed persons. In 4 months.

And the grand total employed persons?

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17,300 more “employed” persons. In 4 months.

Or just 4,325 more per month.

At that rate, it would take the government until mid-April 2017 to create Julia’s promised “300,000 new jobs”.

And until mid-February 2021 to create Wayne’s promised “half a million more”.

Of course, that’s only if we are happy to (a) ignore the fall in full-time employed persons, and (b) assume that the government alone, not the private sector, “created” a “new job” for every single one of those 17,300 extra “employed persons”.


“We are on track” to get there “over the next two years”, Julia?

Labor’s lying on jobs would make the stupidest planker blush.

Economic planking.

A fitting metaphor for the most dishonest, idiotic, incompetent government this nation has ever seen.

8 Responses to “Julia’s Big Lie On Jobs”

  1. Jon December 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    It is interesting that politicians only talk about jobs when there are none around, correct me if I am wrong but Howard never even mentioned jobs. It only seems Labor mentions jobs, because they make the lack of jobs a problem. I remember the sticker, “Jobs not GST” and boy did unemployment rise during once Labor won that election. I shudder to think what the unemployment rate will be in the next 18 months.

    • The Blissful Ignoramus December 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

      It’s called the “Law Of Inverse Relevance”, Jon.

      Or as so perfectly put in Yes Minister by Cabinet Secretary Sir Arnold:

      “The less you intend to do about something, the more you have to keep talking about it.”

  2. Jazza December 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Not for nothing is Ms Gillard privately called “Juliar”

    And there are plenty video clips showing Wayne at it, too

    Reckon the next election should see them with some DINOSAUR egg on their faces after Liberal TV ads run!
    “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead”

    “That is a hysterical lie put about by the Opposition.–.we will not bring in a carbon tax>”

    And coming to a sycophantic TV report via your TV tonight:

    “The marriage act will remain as it is, marriage between a man and a woman, it is Labor policy”

    and –whatever they mangle of the ‘offshore processing” of asylum seekers since they haven’t processed ONE offshore in 4 years, God knows what policy the left bleeding hearts will wring out of this “conference”

    BTW, it is also called “downright hypocrisy”

  3. Betty Whiffin December 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    And what jobs MIGHT have been created were bureaucrats. Forgotten the increase but it was phenomenal.

  4. Tomorrows Serf December 4, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Caught a few punishing minutes of Juliar’s address yesterday to the Labor faithful at their National conference, on ABC Radio blathering on about jobs, jobs, and more jobs, Labor successes, brilliant policiy directions, taking on the “tough challenges”, moving Australia forward, and being “commidded” to tackling “the big issues” …….(and we all know what they think are the “big issues”… Why do they hate us??)

    These people gotta go!!

    But on a lighter note, for your listening pleasure, for those who like a bit of economic theory with their rap music…


    And perhaps to sum it all up, one of the most appropriate stanzas from the offering:

    ‘Spending’s not free, that’s the heart of the matter.
    Too much is wasted as cronies get fatter.
    The economy’s not a car, there’s no engine to stall,
    No expert can fix it, there’s no ‘it’ at all.
    The economy is us, we don’t need a mechanic,
    Put away the wrenches the economy’s organic.


    • The Blissful Ignoramus December 4, 2011 at 11:45 am #

      Brilliant, thanks TS!

      • Tomorrows Serf December 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

        Happy to contribute…Glad you liked it.


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