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Manufacturing taskforce: jobs for Illawarra and Hunter if Govt acts

The Hunter and Illawarra regions could receive a strong boost from the recommendations of the Manufacturing Industry Taskforce report released today, if the federal government backs key initiatives such as a strong local content rules, a sovereign wealth fund and training and energy efficiency measures, says Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.

"The mining boom and high Australian dollar has helped to shatter manufacturing in the Hunter and Illawarra regions and government attention to boosting manufacturing is well overdue," Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said.

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Skills shortage solved by investing in public VET, free education

 Federal Labor's proposed overhaul of skills training provides a great opportunity to boost skills and jobs, but the government must avoid forcing students to pay more, says Greens Senator and higher education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon ("Shortage of skills slowing NSW economy", p 2 Daily Telegraph today).

"The extra 320,000 skilled workers NSW needs has been exacerbated by federal Labor policy which is focused on privatising the VET sector and increasing the amount students pay on fees and charges," Senator Rhiannon said.

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Steel Package now law: Greens amendment on Illawarra Green Jobs Plan lost

Greens MP for NSW Lee Rhiannon has welcomed the passage of the Steel Transformation Plan Bill, and with it $180 million earmarked for BlueScope, while expressing disappointment that Labor voted against a Greens amendment to highlight the Green Jobs Illawarra Action Plan.

"The Greens voted for this bill because we are committed to ensuring job security. This is a win for workers in the Illawarra region," Senator Rhiannon said.

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