Labor calls on the Turnbull Liberals to come clean on how they intend to respond to recommendations from the Anti-Dumping Commission in relation to the dumping of A4 copy paper from China, Indonesia, Brazil and Thailand.
The Anti-Dumping Commission delivered its final report to the Government on Friday, but its report is yet to be released and industry is waiting on the Government to respond to the Commission’s recommendations.
In its preliminary assessments, the Commission had already found that Australia’s paper industry has suffered material injury as a result of dumped A4 copy paper.
Australian manufacturers and workers now need to know whether these preliminary findings have been upheld and that Australian industry will be able to compete on a level playing field – not be undercut by dumped foreign paper.
This report requires prompt action by the Turnbull Liberals.
It cannot be allowed to just gather dust on the Minister’s desk, which is what the previous Minister Christopher Pyne did with the Anti-Dumping Commission’s report into the steel and aluminium markets.
Australia’s paper industry has already been undermined by uncertainty.
Just 10 days ago the Minister for Trade, Steven Ciobo, weighed in on the debate, indicating that the Anti-Dumping Commission’s findings in relation to the dumping of A4 copy paper from Indonesian paper would be “reviewed” before a decision had even been handed down.
Such comments from the Trade Minister, who is not even the Minister responsible for the operations of Australia’s anti-dumping system, are highly suspect and suggest that he is trying to interfere with the role of the independent Commission.
Australia is a world class manufacturer of paper and an industry leader in environmental standards and recycling.
The Australian paper industry, which generates almost $1 billion per annum in economic benefits and supports over 6,000 jobs, must not be left in the dark.