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Jobs summit no substitute for manufacturing inquiry

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 5 Oct 2011

Senator Lee Rhiannon, representing the Australian Greens at tomorrow’s one day Job Summit in Canberra, says she will continue to push for a parliamentary inquiry into jobs and manufacturing.

Last month Greens MP Adam Bandt moved for a Joint Select Committee in Parliament into Australian jobs and manufacturing inquiry. Terms of reference here.

“An independent inquiry will allow room to fully explore the possibilities for government procurement and mandatory local content rules that are now in place in Canada and Brazil,” Senator Rhiannon said.

 “Manufacturing is the low gear in Australia’s two speed economy and it deserves more than one day of set pieces delivered by government and industry heads.

“The government will continue to be dogged by bad news from the manufacturing industry unless it develops some real structural solutions for reform.

“Varied voices will speak out at the Jobs Summit but considering the time available a useful prescription for the ailing manufacturing industry is unlikely.

“The most productive outcome from tomorrow will be the major parties committing to a parliamentary inquiry.

“Unless major reform is pursued the government’s reliance on mining, at the expense of other sectors of the economy such as manufacturing, tourism and education, will continue,” Senator Rhiannon said.

Contact: Lee Rhiannon 0487 350 880.

Senator Rhiannon will be available for comment throughout the day.


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