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Labor welcomes Productivity Commission position paper on automotive assistance.



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FOR MEDIA

CRAIG EMERSON Member for Rankin

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INNOVATION, INDUSTRY, TRADE AND TOURISM

27 June 2002

Labor welcomes Productivity Commission position paper on automotive assistance

With the scheduled fall in tariffs to 10 per cent in 2005, Labor has for some time called for this review into automotive assistance. Labor welcomes the Productivity Commission’s position paper on automotive assistance.

Labor urges all stakeholders to provide constructive comment on the Productivity Commission’s position paper and awaits the final report into automotive assistance.

Labor shares the Commission’s optimism about the industry’s future and supports the retention of ACIS as a sound investment in the industry’s expansion.

Labor also welcomes the Productivity Commission’s view that linking future government support for the industry with its industrial relations agenda is undesirable.

Industry minister, Ian Macfarlane, must immediately withdraw his threat against the car industry. He had an opportunity to do so in parliament again today, but refused.

Labor also welcomes the Productivity Commission’s support for a roundtable of employer and employee representatives designed to achieve industrial harmony in the industry.

Labor calls on the Government to abandon its confrontationist approach towards industrial relations and instead support such a roundtable.