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Turnbull tunes into Coffs

WE'RE all ears.

That was the key message put to a job forum held in Coffs Harbour yesterday, with Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull turning the tables on politics and turning the floor over to the people.

“Jobs, jobs, jobs,” has been Mr Turnbull's catchphrase this year, with yesterday's local job forum one of more than 30 he has instigated across the country. And while he was canny about what exactly the Opposition could do to create jobs, what he was really there for was to listen.

“Government's role is to enable you to do the best,” Mr Turnbull told the forum of local political heavy weights, business leaders and even school students. “We want to hear your concerns, your plans, your ideas. We're all ears.”

While Mr Turnbull did stray into policy-bashing territory by continuing to decry Labor's stimulus packages - which he claims have yet to create one job - the Opposition leader lent an air of optimism to a forum that harkened back to the old days when community meetings were more common than media conferences.

“Australia is not powerless,” Mr Turnbull said.



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