Posted on 29. Jun, 2011 in News

Baillieu Government dithering has put on hold millions of dollars of investment in local manufacturing, risking thousands of Victorian jobs, Shadow Minister for Manufacturing Adem Somyurek said.

When asked in Parliament to rule out plans to slash local content and job requirement, Mr Dalla-Riva simply refused to answer, Shadow Minister for Manufacturing Adem Somyurek said.

“Mr Dalla-Riva’s inability to answer a simple question has let the cat out of the bag, that the Baillieu Government has no intention to stand up for Victorian manufacturing companies,” Mr Somyurek said.

“Mr Dalla-Riva’s silence was deafening – it seems he is more interested in standing up for jobs in China than for families in Dandenong.

“Mr Dalla-Riva’s refusal to answer in Parliament comes on top of Mr Baillieu’s own refusal to rule out ending Government assistance to local manufacturers.

“At a time when Victorian manufacturers are under increasing pressure from interstate and overseas, the Baillieu Government Minister had nothing to say.

Mr Somyurek said Victorian manufacturers were already trying to cope with a high Australian dollar, and increasing competition from mass-production and low-cost economies such as China,

“Both Mr Dalla-Riva and Mr Baillieu’s silence on support for local requirements will certainly stall any future investments in Victoria.

“Mr Dalla-Riva’s secret plan to drop these local content and job requirements will force thousands of jobs overseas.

“The VCEC report added to the growing body of concerns from an industry that employs more than 300,000 manufacturing workers in the state,” he said.

“By refusing to rule out these draconian recommendations, Mr Dalla-Riva will create more anxiety amongst the tens of thousands of manufacturing proprietors operating in Victoria.

“Manufacturing is a very important industry for Victoria, and the Baillieu Government must show some real leadership and provide the Victorian manufacturing sector the certainty it needs by immediately ruling out VCEC’s recommendations.”

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