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26    Industry— Local procurement policy

Senator Hanson-Young, also on behalf of Senator Rhiannon, amended general business notice of motion no. 326 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

               (a)       recognises the infrastructure projects, including inland rail construction, that the Federal Government committed to delivering in the 2017-18 Federal Budget;

               (b)       acknowledges that the steel producing communities of Whyalla in regional South Australia and the Illawarra in New South Wales are struggling with high unemployment and low job security; and

                (c)       calls on the Turnbull Government to guarantee that they will support Australian jobs by committing to local procurement policies, including the new Commonwealth Procurement Rules, that will maximise the use of Australian steel in infrastructure projects committed to in the 2017-18 Federal Budget.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.