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A Shorten Labor Government will create 100 permanent full-time Department of Human Services (DHS) jobs in Gladstone, injecting up to $7.2 million into the local economy each and every year. 
This election is a choice between a Shorten Labor Government investing in Gladstone jobs, or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the LNP. 
We need real change – because more of the same isn’t good enough. 
This announcement will help establish Gladstone as a national hub for Commonwealth Government service delivery and administration. 
It is a further example of federal Labor's commitment to investing in areas where both the jobs and the services are needed, as well as to improving Australian Government service delivery. 
The 100 jobs will include local service delivery and call centre roles that will provide support for people across Australia.  
The Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government has turned its back on Central Queensland, with a campaign of cuts to DHS and Centrelink that are leaving Gladstone residents waiting longer to receive support. 
Staff at Medicare and Centrelink services help the Central Queensland community when they need it the most – when people are sick, processing applications for the Age Pension, child care support, Disability Support Pensions and Carer Allowance payments. 
These jobs will improve access to Medicare and Centrelink and reduce waiting and processing times for older Australians - important services that have been left to deteriorate under the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government. 
Income support is complex and that’s why it is important there are properly trained and permanent staff, who are familiar with the kinds of complex circumstances that are facing income support recipients. 
There are over 13,600 recipients of the Age Pension in Central Queensland, who have faced lengthy phone wait times to Centrelink as well as lengthy wait times for their pensions to be approved.  
There are also over 10,000 recipients of the Family Tax Benefit, over 5,000 recipients of the Disability Support Pension and over 4,000 recipients of the Carer Allowance – all who will benefit from the increased support as a result of these jobs. 
The truth is Centrelink is in crisis under the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government. It's under-staffed and under resourced.  
The Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government has cut and outsourced over 2,700 staff from DHS and Centrelink and cut thousands of public sector jobs in regional Australia. 
These cuts have coincided with increased Centrelink phone wait times, and income support applicants being pushed to the edge of poverty, waiting months for their payments. 
These roles will be permanent and full time, and staff will be properly trained to assist Australians on income support. 
Labor can afford this because we have made the tough decisions to make multinationals pay their fair share of tax, close tax loopholes used by the top end of town. 
We will also clamp down on blowouts in spending on contractors and consultants, and unnecessary and unreasonable travel. 
Labor’s focused on Central Queensland jobs and Central Queensland services – we’re listening to the local community and making the investments needed to build a stronger local economy and create genuine job opportunities.  
“This is an investment in better jobs and better services for Gladstone,” said Ed Husic, Shadow Minister for Human Services. 
“Apart from the fact these 100 jobs will provide a welcome economic boost, these full time, well trained, permanent positions will be there to help Queenslanders when they need it most.” he said. 
If you want a fair go for all Australians - vote Labor. 
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