Mr NORTHE (Morwell) — The shock of Hazelwood power station closing in less than five months continues to bite in the Latrobe Valley community, particularly when the expectation was that a gradual closure would occur, which was the Labor government’s policy. The many workers, contractors and businesses that will be directly or indirectly impacted upon by this closure have raised many legitimate concerns about what the future will hold. Most pressing is the massive loss of jobs and how those affected will find a new job locally, particularly with unemployment rising dramatically in these past two years. Despite some media outlets suggesting all workers at Hazelwood will do very well financially, this is not the case. In particular some younger workers with young families have contacted me expressing concern over their financial and employment situation. Many have significant mortgages and other financial commitments, yet in less than five months they are likely to not have a job or income to meet those financial commitments. We need to find real jobs for these workers and quickly.