In some parts of this country those who want a job will get a job, but not in Victoria, where the Victorian Labor government has sucked the life out of and smashed business and consumer confidence in our once vibrant state. As the latest ABS figures show, youth unemployment is at 15.6 per cent. That is 478 700 young Victorians who are unemployed. Compared to 12 months ago, there are now 37 100 more Victorian young people unemployed. Translated to my own community, that is around 421 young people in my community who no longer have jobs.
We now have one in six Victorian women who cannot find work or want more work. That means in my community more than 2600 women—mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters—who are caregivers, breadwinners and professional leaders who are unable to fully make the contribution to our community and economy that they deserve to make, that they want to make and that we need them to make. But what else would we expect? Business confidence in Victoria is at the lowest in Australia at a measly 11 points and has contracted for the last three successive quarters. How can a business be in a position to offer someone a job when this government offers them grinch-like support and no certainty or stability? The Liberal leader, the member for Malvern, and the Victorian Liberals back in all Victorians wanting to work. We know what a job provides, not only in income but purpose and dignity.