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Employment Roundtable Meeting in Nowra slams work for the dole initiative

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Federal Labor’s Shadow Minister for Employment Services Ed Husic has attended an Employment Roundtable Meeting in Nowra.

Chief among concerns were the regions high youth unemployment currently on 29 percent, as well as a lack of ongoing full-time work.

Mr Husic used the meeting to slam the Coalitions Work for the Dole initiative, labelling it as a failure.

"The people that go through the program, are still without work, just months after finishing it and there are big question marks around the way that safety is managed within the program", Mr Husic said.

"From our perspective, we think we need to find a better program or a better way of helping young people that are looking for work", he said.

"We don't want them sitting on their hands".