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Wednesday, 11 August 2004
Page: 26105

Senator HILL (Minister for Defence) (11:03 AM) —The Greens are all about doom and gloom. We see this agreement producing an extra 30,000 jobs. We see it producing up to $6 billion of economic growth. The issue of particular sectors, as I understand it, was looked at in the CIE report, and I assume that Senator Nettle has read that report. We believe that the improved access for Australian manufacturers into the United States is something to be applauded; it gives competitive producers the chance for a major growth market. The CIE modelling suggested that the agreement would add to employment—about 0.3 per cent of total employment by 2012, which is, as I said, an extra 30,000 jobs. It is true that the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has argued to the contrary, but that is not surprising. So the Greens and Doug Cameron have a common position, it would seem. The further you go in trying to reduce the modelling to particular sectors or subsectors, the more difficult it becomes. But an agreement that is going to result in 30,000 extra jobs is something that this government is very pleased about.