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Australia news live: Labor minister rejects suggestion for children as young as 13 to fill labour shortages | Australia news

Suggestion 13-year olds fill labour shortages shows lack of leadership, Wells says

Australia’s peak retail body this morning released a submission to the government’s jobs summit suggesting children as young as 13 could be put to work to help fill labour shortages.

Anika Wells, the minister for aged care, was asked about that suggestion this morning on Channel 9 and said while “workforce is the key issue in country” she certainly did not think lowering minimum working age requirements was the way to get there.

To me the fact that we’re throwing out ideas like this – apart from the throwback to remember that time Scott Morrison suggested children drive forklifts – suggests that there’s been a lack of leadership in this country regarding [industrial relations].

Thank god we’ve got the jobs summit coming up tomorrow and Friday here in Canberra, so that 140 people from…

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