Posted on 09. Mar, 2012 in Victoria

The Baillieu Government should stop trying to blame others for job losses and start outlining what it will do to protect jobs in regional Victoria, Labor spokesman for Regional and Rural Development, John Lenders, said today.

Following reports the Murray Goulburn Co-operative will cut 64 jobs from its Rochester Plant following a review of the company’s processing capacities and reduction in local milk production, the Minister for Water and Agriculture Peter Walsh was quick to falsely blame the Commonwealth Government.   “Peter Walsh has been caught out peddling false claims as to why Murray Goulburn have been forced to cut jobs,” Mr Lenders said.

“In a media statement released by Murray Goulburn Co-operative there is no indication by the company that any of the reasons stated by Mr Walsh were factors in the company’s decision to cut staff.

“Murray Goulburn lists the current economic climate, coupled with the strong Australian dollar and the decrease in supply and demand as reasons for its decision.

“It appears the Baillieu Government is attempting to deflect attention from its failure to develop a plan to secure jobs and attract investment to the state.”

Mr Lenders said it was time Mr Walsh stood up to the Premier and demanded he outlined a jobs plan.   “Mr Walsh is kidding himself if he thinks the people of regional and rural Victoria will let him get away with passing the buck when it comes to his Government’s inability to support job growth in this state,” he said.

“What is the Baillieu Government doing to support affected workers?

“As a senior Government Minister and Deputy Leader of the National Party, Mr Walsh has yet again failed to protect rural jobs.

“The National Party says it represents country Victorians, but when the going gets tough it is very quick to rid itself of any responsibility. “


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