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Secure jobs needed to avoid a descent into Trump-style populism, new Labor senator says

“As a nation, we’ve all but abandoned those blue-collar jobs. And if we do nothing, global markets will continue to come for those jobs and the communities that rely on them,” she will say. “Companies will keep taking short-term profits and then move on to new investments and new regions when it suits them, leaving communities behind.”

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The trend of stable manufacturing jobs being replaced with “low-paid and insecure work in service industries” had created fear and anger among the American working class, Senator Walsh will say, warning that Australia could be headed down the same path.

Labor’s defeat at the May election has been blamed in part on the party’s failure to convince regional Queensland voters it supported coal mining jobs after sending mixed messages over the Adani mine. The party is now reviewing its policies.

Senator Walsh will also urge governments to resist privatising services if it means “cutting wages and cutting job security”.

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