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Labor's fisheries training a boost for jobs in regional Australia.

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Gavan O'Connor - Labor's Fisheries Training A Boost For Jobs In Regional Australia Thursday, 18 October 2001

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Labor's Fisheries Training A Boost For Jobs In Regional Australia Gavan O'Connor - Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Media Statement - 17 October 2001

Through its commitment of $4.35 million to the Australian Fisheries Academy, Labor will provide a major boost for training in Australia's seafood industries, according to the Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Gavan O'Connor.

Mr. O'Connor was speaking from Port Lincoln (SA) today where he joined representatives of the fishing and aquaculture industries for discussions on their future training needs.

"This industry is a major export earner and a very significant employer in regional Australia," Mr. O'Connor said.

"And there is enormous potential for further growth and job generation in the wild catch and aquaculture sectors of the industry and in the processing and marketing of seafood products.

"The Australian Fisheries Academy will play a central role in ensuring that operators and workers have the skills the industry needs to take advantage of the growth potential.

"This is a very practical example of Kim Beazley's plan for a Knowledge Nation.

"Labor's commitment to training in the fishing industry will result in more skilled jobs where they are needed most - in regional Australia.

"While the Coalition has ignored the training needs of this industry, Labor has been working to secure its future," Mr O'Connor concluded.

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.