The Greens are calling on the Turnbull government to commit to using Australian steel on the Inland Rail project as a way to secure thousands of jobs and to help secure the survival of the Port Kembla Blue Scope steel plant.
Greens industry spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The Australian steel industry is on a knife edge.
“A commitment by the Turnbull government to use Australian steel on the Inland Rail project would help build a secure future for this industry.
“Mandated procurement on all government projects backed by stringent anti-dumping and quality control rules would be a solid survival plan for the steel industry.
“The Inland Rail project is a perfect place to start. A commitment from the government to use Australian steel for its growing rail network would be fantastic for regional NSW.
“Steel will be required to build 500 kilometres of new track as part of the 1700 kilometre Inland Rail route. This will require about 65 tonnes of steel at a cost of more than $90 million.
“It would be highly irresponsible of the Turnbull government to turn their back on this great opportunity to secure thousands of jobs for regional Australia and give an economic boost to Port Kembla.
“The Greens are calling on the government to come on board with developing a framework for public procurement of steel,” Senator Rhiannon said.