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Address to workers at the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, Claremont, Tasmania



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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WARRINGAH

28 August 2013

TRANSCRIPT OF THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR, ADDRESS TO WORKERS AT CADBURY CHOCOLATE FACTORY, CLAREMONT, TASMANIA

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Jack and David thanks so much for making me and my team so welcome. To the men and women of the Cadbury Factory here, the famous Cadbury Factory here at Claremont, thank you so much for making us so welcome. Thank you so much for the work you do to provide pleasure and treats to millions of Australians. I have never been so close to so much chocolate and not eaten any of it. I have no self-discipline when it comes to chocolate and to be so close without being able to taste was an extraordinarily frustrating experience but I am told that there will be a tasting possibility not too far off.

I am in the business of trying to ensure that factories like this have a bright future not just a successful history. I want to thank Cadbury for the investment that it is about to make in expanding the capacity and the production and the employment of this historic plant. Cadbury is about to make a $66 million investment in a major expansion of this plant. Production is said to go up from 50,000 tonnes a year to 70,000 tonnes. Exports are set to increase dramatically and the percentage of Tasmania’s milk production that is consumed by this factory is set to increase from 14 to 20 per cent. It is set to mean an extra 6,000 dairy cows in the herd of the north west of this sceptred isle.

So, this $66 million investment of which $16 million will come, I hope, from an incoming Coalition government is a very important statement of confidence in the future of manufacturing here in this country and specifically here in Tasmania. The modest but significant investment which an incoming Coalition will make to support this expansion is a sensible, pragmatic step towards creating jobs and securing the future of jobs in Tasmania. There will be more than 300 new jobs created as a result of this investment and there will be almost 1,000 existing jobs secured as a result of this investment. As a man who hopes to lead this country in just ten days’ time or so I want to say that here in Tasmania my aspirations can be summed up in three simple words - jobs, jobs and jobs.

Unemployment here in Tasmania is two and a half percentage points above the national average. GDP per head is lower in Tasmania than any other state. I regret to say that wages in Tasmania on average are lower than any other state - that must change. I want this state to be an economic powerhouse, not an economic also-ran and some judicious investment by the national government is an important part of that and that is the commitment that I give to the people of Tasmania today.

So, ladies and gentleman thank you very much for what you do. We can only survive and prosper as a manufacturing economy because our workers and our managers are at least as good as workers and managers elsewhere. We can only continue to be a high wage economy because we are a high productivity

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economy as well and investment at this level, automation at this level is a very important part of the survival and the flourishing of businesses such as this and I am delighted to be here and I am delighted to be a part of this announcement.

Thank you so much for making me so welcome.

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