ABC host Patricia Karvelas blasts the opposition over their mixed messaging as she offers an ‘EASY’ solution to the confused party: ‘Get a Whatsapp!’
- Political, business and labor leaders prepare to attend September jobs summit
- Opposition party leaders send mixed signals on participation in jobs summit
- Liberal leader called summit a ‘stunt’ as Nationals leader wants to go
- ABC’s Patricia Karvelas jokes that the opposition needed a Whatsapp to to coordinate
An ABC host has mocked the opposition’s confusion over whether he wants to go to the next jobs summit, suggesting he needs to log on to the Whatsapp group messaging service to get by .
The Albanian Government’s High Level Jobs and Skills Summit will be held in September and will bring together political, business and labor leaders.
During the week there were mixed messages from the opposition, with Liberal leader Peter Dutton calling the summit a “stunt”, but Nationals leader David Littleproud said he would go if he was invited.
Patricia Karvelas, ABC radio host and political commentator, suggests the opposition should log on to the Whatsapp group messaging service to find a cohesive response to the upcoming jobs summit
ABC radio host Patricia Karvelas said opposition parties had given mixed responses to the jobs summit since it was announced and they needed to pull themselves together.
“I make this joke all the time and I think it’s really funny, just start a WhatsApp group,” Karvelas suggested to the opposition during his appearance on the ABC Insiders show.
‘”What’s our line?” I mean it’s really easy. You can really arrange this quite easily. “What are we saying here? shall we?
Karvelas pointed out that when the summit was first announced, shadow treasurer Angus Taylor was ‘demanding a place at the table’, but since then Mr Dutton and deputy opposition leader Sussan Ley have called the meeting of “waterfall”.
There are just 100 seats up for grabs for the meeting in Parliament in Canberra on September 1-2.
Liberal Leader Peter Dutton has called the jobs summit, scheduled for September, a ‘coup with the unions’
In Mr Dutton’s absence, his seat is expected to be taken by the Greens.
Karvelas said Mr Dutton was taking a political risk by not participating, as it could indicate he was not interested in participating in major national conversations.
“The BCA (Business Council of Australia) will be there, big business will be there, it’s not just unions as he says,” Karvelas said.
“It’s actually a more diverse group, so you don’t want to send a signal that you’re not interested in engagement.”
The jobs summit is to tackle the critical shortage of workers in some industries and consider a possible overhaul of the company bargaining system.
However, the peak labor body the ACTU has suggested a broader agenda to reshape the economy by forcing the government to regulate prices and scrap tax cuts for the wealthy.
Nationals boss David Littleproud said he would go to Jobs if asked because rural and regional Australia ‘needs a strong voice’
During the week, Mr Dutton called the summit “a blow to the unions”.
“We will support all sorts of good government policies…but we are not going to support stunts,” he said.
Treasurer Jim Chalmers said he welcomed union ideas but said they were not part of government policy.
Mr Littleproud said he was ‘unfortunate’ he was not invited.
However, Mr Littleproud said if asked he would attend because regional and rural Australia “needed a strong voice” to be represented.
Australia’s critical labor shortages in some industries will be one of the topics discussed at the jobs summit