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Thursday, 4 April 2019
Page: 14851

Dr FREELANDER (Macarthur) (13:29): A truly devastating decision was made yesterday by Kimberly-Clark, an American company, to close its Ingleburn mill. The site employs countless local Macarthur residents and this decision will result in over 220 job losses at the site. Many workers had worked there for decades since its opening in 1988. This is devastating to my community and devastating to the countless local Macarthur families who will now be left in limbo as a result of this terrible decision. There will be 220 jobs lost as a result of Kimberly-Clark shifting their operations to Asia. I cannot even begin to imagine the hurt and anger that so many Macarthur families are feeling as a result of this decision.

News of this closure came to my office in the form of a communication from Kimberly-Clark the very same day that employees at the Ingleburn mill were informed of the impending closure of the site. I will be meeting with representatives of the firm next week when I return to my electorate and have been in communication with the union since I heard from the decision.

While further discussions will be had on this subject, I wish to inform the House of my complete and utter opposition to this decision by Kimberly-Clark. The firm is a profitable enterprise. It's working well and making high-quality products. Please help me save the Ingleburn mill of Kimberly-Clark.