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The facts: Unemployment by Prime Minister First, the claims themselves. Senator Ruston said, “You’ve only got to look at the history of the Labor Party. Notoriously they’ve always presided over … higher unemployment rates.” TND found that this claim is false. Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows Labor has not always presided over higher unemployment rates than the Coalition. In fact, unemployment fell to 4 per cent twice under Labor in 2008 – an equal record low to February 2022 (the current rate). Looking at averages, unemployment was 5.1 per cent under Labor’s last term from 2008 to 2013, compared to 6.3 per cent under John Howard’s term from 1996 to 2007. Under the current Coalition government, which came into office in 2013 with Tony Abbott as prime minister, the jobless rate has averaged at 5.6 per cent.
Source: Fact check: Anne Rushton’s false and misleading unemployment claims
Australia’s minister for emissions reduction, Angus Taylor, released a statement in response to the IPCC report. Here, we assess his claims.
1 Taylor’s word play: Ambition isn’t Commitment and projections show Australia isn’t on track
2 Taylor’s distraction: There has been no structural shift away from fossil fuels in transport, industry and mining. Reduction due to the pandemic isn’t a reduction Taylor makes out it is.
3 Taylor’s Steal: Australians certainly have grabbed household solar and run with it. But the solar surge has happened despite the Coalition, not because of any coordinated government effort.
4 Taylor’s Bullshit: For the record, no major party is proposing a carbon tax. The carbon policy Abbott repealed wasn’t a carbon tax either, despite all the apocalyptic screeching before the 2013 election. Just ask Abbott’s then chief of staff, Peta Credlin. “It wasn’t a carbon tax, as you know,” she said. “It was many other things in nomenclature terms but we made it a carbon tax.
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Source: Fact check: Angus Taylor’s response to the landmark IPCC report | Energy | The Guardian