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Industry minister must do more to save jobs in own state.

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Industry Minister Must Do More To Save Jobs In Own State Martyn Evans - Acting Shadow Minister for Industry and Technology

Media Statement - 23 May 2000

The Acting Shadow Minister for Industry and Technology and South Australian MP, Martyn Evans, today fully supported the United Trades and Labor Council of South Australia's call for Industry Minister, Senator Minchin, to be more active in saving jobs in his own State.

"As a representative for South Australia, Senator Minchin, has been totally complacent about the hundreds of jobs that have been lost in manufacturing," Mr Evans said.

"Hundreds of jobs have been lost at Mitsubishi, Port Stanvac, the Australian Submarine Corporation and other smaller businesses.

"Having a South Australian as the Federal Industry Minister has been more of a hindrance than help.

"South Australians get nervous when they see Senator Minchin on the television because it usually means more job losses.

"Senator Minchin and the Howard Government need to realise that the economic development of South Australia, Adelaide in particular, is a vital element of balanced development for Australia.

"Senator Minchin should be actively working to ensure that manufacturing jobs and facilities are not lost in Adelaide.

"Senator Minchin has a responsibility as a South Australian and Federal Industry Minister to show some interest in the results of his Government's policies on the lives of his constituents.

"Instead, South Australians are lumbered with a complacent Minister who seems content to see thousands of jobs disappear in his own State," Mr Evans said.

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.