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29    Industry—Australian Steel Industry

Senator Lambie, also on behalf of the Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team (Senator Lazarus) and Senators Xenophon and Madigan, pursuant to notice, moved general business notice of motion no. 1138—That the Senate calls on the Government to:

    (a)   merge the anti-dumping and safeguards functions into one agency, for example, the Anti-Dumping and Safeguards Commission, as occurs in the United States of America (US) and other jurisdictions;

    (b)   enable anti-dumping applications to be made by industry bodies and trade unions by amending the interested parties definition;

     (c)   enable and resource the Anti-Dumping Commission (ADC) to:

                  (i)   conduct faster and more comprehensive investigations particularly around circumvention countervailing activity,

                 (ii)   share data with overseas jurisdictions that have conducted their own investigations and imposed significantly higher duties, and

                (iii)   regularly ‘benchmark’ remedies on like products with other jurisdictions around the world, and in particular the US, Asia and the European Union;

    (d)   commit additional resources to the ADC to enable independent verification in investigations of importer data and documentation in all applications, to ensure the integrity of these processes;

     (e)   mandate, through legislation, the use of Australian-made steel in all public procurement, and ensure that all federal grants to the states for infrastructure projects do the same;

     (f)   apply and enforce enhanced and agreed Australian Steel Standards and Specifications, which should be enforced in all federal publicly-funded projects and grants to states for this purpose, and apply at every subcontracted level of activity;

     (g)   ensure all defence and security-sensitive procurement of steel to be Australian-made where those products are locally-produced and can, in a reasonable timeframe, be made in Australia; and

    (h)   develop and implement, in consultation with industry, union and community stakeholders, an Australian steel industry sustainability plan, to incorporate a holistic suite of reforms and measures such as the ones listed above, to ensure the survival of this industry.

Statements by leave : Senator Lambie, the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan) and Senator Carr, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 15

Senators—

Di Natale

Ludlam

Rhiannon

Waters

Hanson-Young

Madigan

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Lambie (Teller)

McKim

Siewert

Xenophon

Lazarus

Muir

Simms

 

 

 

NOES, 33

Senators—

Back

Fierravanti-Wells

Lines

Parry

Bilyk

Gallacher

Ludwig

Paterson

Bushby

Gallagher

McEwen (Teller)

Peris

Cameron

Heffernan

McKenzie

Polley

Carr

Johnston

McLucas

Reynolds

Colbeck

Ketter

Moore

Ryan

Dastyari

Leyonhjelm

O’Neill

Smith

Edwards

Lindgren

O’Sullivan

Urquhart

Fawcett

 

 

 

Question negatived.