Jim Madden hits out at unemployment in campaign launch
IPSWICH West Labor candidate Jim Madden has hit out at what he called the "tragedy" of unemployment with one young person in every five out of work in the region.
Speaking at his 2015 Queensland election campaign launch on Saturday, Mr Madden said Ipswich West had an unemployment rate of 9.3% rising to 17.6% in some suburbs while youth unemployment was over 20%.
"This is something the current member rarely mentions and with good reason," Mr Madden said.
Mr Madden said the LNP put its trust in big business to solve unemployment but Labor's policies were aimed at industry development, innovation and job creation.
"The Labor Party will always treat the unemployed with respect and not consign them to the unemployment dustbin," he said.
"If retraining is required, it should be available through our TAFE system and for a reasonable fee."
Mr Madden, who is a lawyer and a councillor with Somerset Regional Council, said his other main priorities included improving transport infrastructure and better public transport.
His Ipswich West campaign launch was held at the Ipswich RSL with about 120 supporters in attendance including keynote speaker former Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan.
Ipswich West is currently held by the LNP's Sean Choat on a two-party preferred margin of 7.2% after taking the seat in 2012 with a 16.8% swing against the sitting Labor member Wayne Wendt.