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Auto workers deserve answers from Abbott Government



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SENATOR KIM CARR

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING THE LEADER FOR SCIENCE

SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

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AUTO WORKERS DESERVE ANSWERS FROM ABBOTT GOVERNMENT

It is disgraceful that the Prime Minister has refused to meet with a delegation of South Australian and Victorian automotive workers in Canberra today.

Mr Abbott has refused to meet with the Australians who will suffer the most as a result of his $500 million cut in support for Australia’s car industry.

Mr Abbott owes these hard working Australians some answers.

He was more than happy to pose in a fluro and hard hat during the election campaign but now he can’t even find five minutes to listen to the concerns of workers facing an uncertain future thanks to his policies.

This was the Prime Minister’s opportunity to explain to these workers why he disagrees with his Minister for Industry on supporting automotive manufacturing in this country.

The future of this industry is a question that concerns whole communities.

I look forward to the Prime Minister visiting these regions and explaining to everyone - to workers, to local families, to their children - why he failed to act to secure their future.

Whether through indolence of incompetence, this government is threatening the future of an industry that supports more than 200,000 jobs and hundreds of businesses.

This is totally unacceptable behavior from any government.

The Abbott Government must stop hiding and start giving certainty and support to Australia’s automotive workers.

MONDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 2013

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