Today the Senate Economic References committee tabled its interim report into Australia’s steel industry, which calls on the Turnbull Government to take action to secure the future of Arrium and the Whyalla steelworks.
Around the world, governments are taking action to support their steel industries. But in Australia, under the Turnbull Government, that support has been inadequate to say the least.
Governments must work together with unions, the community and companies throughout the supply chain to ensure that the industry remains viable.
Beyond the urgent issues pertaining to the sale and future of Arrium and the steelworks in Whyalla, Malcolm Turnbull must act to secure the future of the broader Australian steel industry and supply chain.
Labor knows that further industry-wide reforms will be required to maintain Australia’s steelmaking capabilities.
These must include policy and legislative reform in anti-dumping, government procurement, and standards.
Labor won’t abandon Australian steel workers, leaving them to struggle alone against the global pressures threatening their industry.
Labor understands that standing up for Australian jobs means preserving the jobs of people who are working now.