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Joyce relocating jobs to save his own

Greens New England candidate Mercurius Goldstein and Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon say that the relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to the Northern Tablelands smacks of pork barrelling three weeks before an election.

Mr Goldstein said: "It looks like Barnaby Joyce is relocating jobs to Armidale in an attempt to save his own.

"Mr Joyce should have waited for the results of a cost benefit analysis that we understand is required from the Prime Minister.

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Greens call on Labor to back local steel procurement

Labor's steel plan announced by opposition leader Bill Shorten now falls short of what is needed to ensure the future of the steel manufacturing in Port Kembla (and also Whyalla in South Australia), the Greens said today.

"Mandated procurement on all government projects backed by stringent anti-dumping and quality control rules would provide a viable survival plan for the steel industry," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The people of the Illawarra should be informed on why Mr Shorten has reversed his support for such a policy as he announced last week.

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Greens welcome support for local steel procurement

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed opposition leader Bill Shorten's announcement backing  genuine local procurement strategies for the steel industry.

"Earlier this week the Greens called on Labor to back the growing campaign for local steel procurement so Mr Shorten's statement is welcome news," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Australian steel industry is on a knife edge. Supporting local procurement is a solid survival plan.

“A steel procurement policy is affordable, economically rational and crucial for saving our domestic steel industry.

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Greens secure inquiry into Australia’s steel industry

Responding to a strong union and community campaign the Greens have secured an inquiry into Australia’s steel industry and its supply chain.

“This is a win for the people of the Illawarra, steelworkers and their families all around the country, members of the South Coast Labour Council, the Illawarra branch of the Australian Workers Union and other unionists who have been campaigning very hard to ensure the steel industry in Australia has a strong future,” said Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

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Greens take Steel Industry Procurement Plan to NSW and federal parliaments

Following the release of the BIS Shrapnel report on a government procurement plan for steel the Greens have renewed their call for the NSW and federal governments to immediately adopt procurement frameworks for all publicly funded projects.

BIS Shrapnel recommends a minimum requirement of 85 to 90 per cent Australian steel use in all government products. Their report shows that a procurement plan would rescue the Port Kembla blast furnace.

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MOTION: Parramatta Female Factory Precinct

Senator RHIANNON(New South Wales) (15:40):

I move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) the green bans movement led by the New South Wales Builders Labourers' Federation, the forerunner of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), saved key heritage precincts in Sydney, including the Rocks and Victoria Street at Kings Cross,

(ii) the CFMEU New South Wales Branch has placed a ‘green ban' on the iconic Parramatta Female Factory Precinct,

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