Posted on 29. Aug, 2011 in News

The Baillieu Government must ensure local content is a key consideration when awarding the contract to produce the new police uniforms, Shadow Industry Minister Tim Holding said today.

The Government has advertised the tender to manufacture or supply police uniforms. “It is more important that ever that we support local industry,” Mr Holding said.

“Mr Baillieu and the Coalition must guarantee fabrics will be sourced here in`Australia.”

Mr Holding said the Baillieu Government had already turned its back on the local manufacturing sector.

“Wangaratta-based company Bruck Textiles had previously supplied material to Yakka for police uniforms, but the Baillieu-Ryan Government transferred the $970,000 contract to a Chinese company without warning,” he said.

“Bruck Textiles is a great example of a regional business that has battled to stay ahead of the competition, but instead the Government has ignored this Victorian company.

“By turning his back on the local manufacturing sector, Mr Baillieu is threatening jobs across Victoria.

“In recent weeks it’s been revealed that there will be 200 jobs lost at BlueScope Steel in Westernport, 40 jobs lost at Clive Peeters, and a further 150 jobs at SPC Ardmona in the state’s north.

“And July’s Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force figures showed there were 20,700 fewer Victorians with a job in July compared to June.”

Mr Holding said Mr Baillieu and Mr Ryan needed to support industry and create a jobs plan.

“The Deputy Premier and Minister for Police Peter Ryan can no longer claim the uniform contract is a matter for police and not the Government.

“The self-proclaimed champion of country Victoria – Mr Ryan – needs to stand up and ensure that local manufacturers are supported.

“Without a commitment to local manufacturing there is real concern we will see even more job losses across the state.”

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