Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has slammed the Albanese Labor Government for failing to be inclusive on a regional jobs and skills forum held at CQUniversity in Rockhampton and failing their own benchmarks on collaboration.
Ms Landry’s comments come after Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Senator Anthony Chisholm hosted a regional jobs forum at CQUniversity’s North Rockhampton campus without inviting herself to attend as the Member for Capricornia and Shadow Assistant Minister for Manufacturing.
Ms Landry said the Labor Government has failed on the metrics and benchmarks they have set out for themselves.
“Anthony Albanese claimed they were going to be a nice, happy and inclusive Government when they were elected and now they’re in, it looks like they are resorting to petty schoolyard politics.
“I now have the privilege of representing the electorate of Capricornia for a historic fourth term, I believe I would’ve had a lot to contribute at the forum, but the Treasurer has decided to play politics on key issues such as workforce shortages. I would have accepted the invite if I had received one, but I didn’t.
“The Treasurer himself said he wanted to bring people together and address the challenges facing businesses in a collaborate and constructive way. His pathetic attempt at juvenile politics speaks more about himself, his government and how he intends to do things as Treasurer.
Ms Landry said the region does not want another talk fest or forum with little to no follow up action.
“One thing that I continue to hear from people is how sick and tired they are of more talk fests, forums, and roundtables which lead to nowhere. The Treasurer will be well-advised to know that people in Central Queensland want to see action, and not empty platitudes,” Ms Landry said.