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Tribute to Mitsubishi workers.



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Innovation, Industry, Science and Research: Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary

TRIBUTE TO MITSUBISHI WORKERS

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, paid tribute to the 500 Mitsubishi workers who will leave the company today, and the 430 workers who will leave over the next twelve months, as a result of the closure of the Tonsley Park vehicle assembly plant in Adelaide.

"This is a difficult day for the Mitsubishi workers who have worked tirelessly and faithfully for the corporation over many years.

"These loyal workers have shown dedication and commitment under difficult circumstances. The Government's thoughts are with the workers' families and communities affected by the plant's closure," Senator Carr said.

"Mitsubishi employees have handled themselves with great dignity in trying circumstances and the Government acknowledges their perseverance and the enormous contribution they have made to the Australian automotive industry.

"The priority now is to ensure the workers receive the assistance and support they need to move forward with their lives.

"This is why up to $10 million in labour adjustment assistance will be provided to support the workers, as part of the $50 million package announced in February.

"The Government is now focussed on protecting the interests of the workers and promoting the local economy.

"The Rudd Government remains firmly committed to the Australian automotive industry and the current review of the sector is examining the challenges it faces and identifying opportunities for the future," Senator Carr said.

Media contact: Patrick Pantano, Minister's Office, 0417 181 936

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28 Mar 2008

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