My constituency question is to the Minister for Regional Development, and it concerns the worker shortage in my electorate of Western Victoria Region. We do not have a jobs crisis in my rural electorate; we have a worker crisis. On any day there are hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs going begging in Colac, Warrnambool, in smaller towns, on farms and in the manufacturing sector. We need workers in the hospitality, agriculture and agribusiness areas.

My constituents would be most interested to know what efforts the minister is making to immediately rectify this matter so our rural and regional communities can operate to their maximum efficiency.

21 February 2019