Opposition Leader Richard Court has again shown he has no answer to unemployment, Small Business Minister Gordon Hill said today.
Mr Hill said that in the dying days of the election campaign, Mr Court was distributing election material saying a coalition government would create 140,000 jobs by the year 2000.
"That is an admission that he has no answer to the problem," he said.
"At 20,000 jobs a year, Mr Court would not even keep pace with anticipated growth in the labour force.
"Unemployment would increase, not decrease."
Mr Hill said Mr Court was also claiming that small business was the answer to unemployment.
"The GST will increase the cost of government services such as electricity and water by 10 per cent, and small businesses will also have to devote time and effort to collecting GST.
"There is no hope of small business being the springboard for employment growth under Mr Court's proposed tax regime."
Mr Hill said that under Labor, employment in WA had grown by 200,000. The growth rate in the past three years had been 3.4 per cent, the highest in Australia.
"The State's labour force has grown by 8.6 per cent in the past three years, well ahead of the national figure," he said.
"This growth will continue. That is why we will be concentrating on value-adding industries which will provide thousands of job opportunities for people with a wide variety of skills."