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13    Industry—Australian Steel Industry

Senator Rhiannon, also on behalf of Senators Madigan, Carr and Xenophon, amended general business notice of motion no. 845 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   urgent action is needed to ensure that Australia does not lose its steelmaking capacity, in the wake of the global steel industry crisis, and

                 (ii)   steel-producing nations are responding to the oversupply and dumping of sub-cost steel with a range of strategies that include increasing public procurement, restructuring and emergency safeguards in the form of temporary targeted tariffs; and

    (b)   calls on the Abbott Government to:

                  (i)   immediately refer matters related to dumped sub-cost steel into Australia to the Anti-Dumping Commission for a preliminary report within three weeks to include an assessment of the possible harm to local industry, and options for action including duties and World Trade Organization emergency safeguards,

                 (ii)   ensure that the Anti-Dumping Commission is suitably resourced to pursue ongoing improvements to Australia’s anti-dumping system and reduce harm to local industry resulting from dumped imports,

                (iii)   work with the steel industry, unions, businesses and communities to minimise the impact on local jobs and living standards, particularly at the Port Kembla site in the Illawarra, from the world-wide over-supply of steel by developing:

                  ( a )   a constructive Steel Industry Plan, including comprehensive policies for improvements in Australian Industry Participation, and

                  ( b )   public procurement frameworks that include whole of life cost methods for assessing and determining procurement contracts,

                (iv)   prioritise structural adjustment and jobactive assistance to the Illawarra to minimise the impact on local jobs and living standards,

                 (v)   reinstate the Local Employment Coordinator to assist steelworkers losing their jobs to retrain and gain alternative employment, and

                (vi)   continue the work of the International Trade Remedies Forum to address the need for ongoing improvements to Australia’s anti-dumping system, and any outstanding matters from the previous Government’s suite of reforms to streamline Australia’s anti-dumping system.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 34

Senators—

Bilyk

Hanson-Young

McEwen (Teller)

Siewert

Brown

Ketter

McKim

Singh

Bullock

Lambie

McLucas

Sterle

Cameron

Lazarus

Moore

Urquhart

Conroy

Lines

Muir

Wang

Dastyari

Ludlam

O’Neill

Waters

Di Natale

Ludwig

Rhiannon

Whish-Wilson

Gallacher

Madigan

Rice

Xenophon

Gallagher

McAllister

 

 

 

NOES, 28

Senators—

Bernardi

Day

Macdonald

Ruston

Birmingham

Fawcett

McGrath

Ryan

Brandis

Fifield

McKenzie

Scullion

Bushby (Teller)

Heffernan

Nash

Seselja

Canavan

Johnston

O’Sullivan

Sinodinos

Cash

Leyonhjelm

Reynolds

Smith

Colbeck

Lindgren

Ronaldson

Williams

 

 

Question agreed to.