National Headlines

Record Jobs Growth

Thursday, 12 April 2018
Australia’s run of the best jobs growth ever continues with the number of jobs increasing for the 17th straight month (February 2018). This is the longest consecutive run of jobs growth since the monthly labour force statistics commenced 40 years ago.
The Turnbull Government will build the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, connecting the CBD and Tullamarine Airport for all Victorians and the 34 million people who use the airport every year. Talk about a rail connection to the Melbourne Airport is as old as the airport itself but through a Commonwealth investment of $5 billion, this nationally significant project will now become reality.
Plans to build Australia’s new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle for the Australian Army were announced in late March. Over the 30 year life of the ‘Boxer’ vehicles, Australian industry will deliver two–thirds, or $10.2 billion, of the acquisition and sustainment work. This expenditure will create up to 1450 jobs across Australia, including 170 in Victoria.
The Turnbull Government will establish a national centre to combat the exploitation and abuse of children and vulnerable people. The Government will provide funding in the 2018-19 Budget to enable a new national effort to combat a global epidemic of child abuse.
The Turnbull Government is continuing to build on record levels of investment in mental health services with an additional $110 million to extend and expand mental health programs for young Australians. Around four million Australians experience a mental health condition every year. And people of all ages can be affected – either directly themselves or because someone close to them might be suffering. Even young children can be deeply affected
New data shows Australians are holidaying at home in record numbers. The National Visitor Survey (NVS), released in December 2017, reveals overnight trips by Australians grew by seven per cent to a record 96 million and the number of nights they stayed grew by six per cent to a record 347 million during the year ending September 2017
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