It is one of the worst kept secrets in Australia that the Australian Bureau Statistics (ABS) produces misleading unemployment and underemployment statistics. Even the former head of the ABS Bill McLennan has stated that ABS employment data “is not worth the paper they are written on”. Glenn Stevens, while Governor of the Reserve Bank, had similar concerns about the quality of unemployment data.
According to the ABS, Australians who work more than one hour are considered to be employed. This has allowed the Government to hide the true nature of of Australia’s growing employment crisis.
As part of the its Fight4Facts campaign, the AUWU will release monthly figures showing the true nature of Australia’s employment crisis. Our releases will coincide directly with the distorted and ideological picture of unemployment presented by the ABS.
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