Unions to target jobless electorates in federal strategy

UNEMPLOYMENT has proven more than just a thorn in the side of the government of the day - it can also cost it elections.

A review of seats won by Labor at the last election found the then-Opposition picked up seven of the 10 worst seats for unemployment - a strategy unions are hoping to replicate at the 2016 federal election.

Seats such as Woodridge, Pumicestone and Inala, which with unemployment rates of 14.6 per cent, 12 per cent and 11.1 per cent respectively represent some of the highest jobless rates in the state, saw massive swings towards Labor at the 2015 election.

Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams said targeting seats where voter dissatisfaction in key areas such as employment was high worked in 15 of the 16 seats the union campaign focussed on in the lead up to the Queensland election.

He said that approach would be replicated next year against the Abbott government - with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss's seat of Wide Bay high on the target list.

Read more at Brisbane Times


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