Dumping threatens quicklime industry jobs

Dumping of quicklime is threatening the local industry and Australian jobs, Shadow Industry Minister Senator Kim Carr warned today.

Senator Carr said quicklime producers have been waiting anxiously for almost three years for the conclusion of a long-standing anti-dumping investigation into cheap imports from Thailand from early 2010.

Australian Customs and Border Protection began the initial investigation in October 2011, after the Australian quicklime industry alleged it had experienced material injury as a result of dumped Thai imports.

“Industries, companies and workers are injured when goods from overseas are dumped into the Australian market, which is why it is important that we have a fair and effective anti-dumping regime,” Senator Carr said.

“I am deeply concerned that, nearly three years after allegations were made about the dumping of quicklime exports from Thailand, the Anti-Dumping Commission has yet to make a determination.”

In Australia, quicklime is used mainly in the alumina, gold and steel industry, as well as for mineral processing, water treatment and building and construction. 

In Government, Labor strengthened Australia’s anti-dumping and countervailing system to provide stronger protection for Australian firms from unfair competition, implementing the most significant reforms to Australia’s anti-dumping regime in more than a decade.

These reforms were enshrined in Labor’s $1 billion Jobs Package, which included $27.7 million in further reforms to Australia’s anti-dumping system.

“While the Abbott Government claims to be committed to Australian businesses and Australian industries, its $2.5 billion in cuts to Department of Industry programs make this questionable,” Senator Carr said.

“I am deeply concerned that jobs are at risk if the dumping determination is not provided in a timely manner.”

MONDAY, 21 JULY 2014

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