Labor welcomes the announcement by Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy that he has accepted the recommendations of the Anti-Dumping Commissioner on dumped imports of A4 copy paper.
The Assistant Minister has finally acknowledged that Australian industry has been harmed by goods being sold in Australia below their normal value.
This is the result that Labor has been calling for all along.
Bipartisan support for Australia's anti-dumping system is essential to defend Australian companies and workers from unfair trade practices.
The measures imposed today are a start but a lot of damage has already been done, including by Government departments not purchasing Australian made paper.
Only 13.9 per cent of the copy paper Assistant Minister Laundy's own department purchased in 2015-16 was Australian-made.
Adding insult to injury, in the same period the Department of Industry also procured A4 copy paper that the Anti-dumping Commission found to have been dumped on the Australian market.
If Assistant Minister Laundy is really serious about standing up for Australian paper manufacturing, he and Minister Sinodinos should insist that their department uses its purchasing power to buy Australian-made and create Australian jobs.
Australia is a world class manufacturer of paper and an industry leader in environmental standards and recycling.
The industry generates almost $1 billion per annum in economic benefits and supports over 6,000 jobs. It is a major employer in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.
Labor notes that the Anti-dumping Commission has recommended some reductions in the final margins of dumped goods from certain exporters. We will consult the Commissioner and Australian industry about these decisions.
Should Australian industry or exporters choose to do so, there are avenues to appeal these decisions through the Anti-dumping Review Panel (ADRP).
Thanks to Labor, reviews by the ADRP are still accessible to industry.
Labor blocked the Liberals attempt to impose a fee of up to $10,000 for access to reviews by the ADRP in October 2015.