Jobs are becoming a Coalition baptism of fire

Whoever wins the election will be faced with a potential employment disaster. Generals Motors' call on Holden and mining projects ending could bring the toll to 300,000.

If the Coalition wins the 2013 election it will face the danger that the combination of mining and motor industries could cause 300,000 jobs to be shed over two to three years, with many of the jobs lost or about to be lost in the last year of the 43rd parliament.

In terms of employment I cannot think of a more dangerous set of circumstances for an incoming government hoping for two terms.


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