Monday, 10 October 2016 10:26

Call for ‘Buy Australian Act’ to boost economy

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Peak union body, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), wants political parties to get behind its push for a Buy Australian Act to be legislated, requiring all major government projects and services to use locally manufactured goods.

The ACTU has called for all political parties to support a Buy Australian Act which it claims would generate a “trifecta of benefits: jobs for Australian workers, a badly needed boost to the Australian economy and would ensure government projects use safe, Australian made goods”.

ACTU secretary Dave Oliver says creation of a Buy Australian Act would ensure jobs are created and maintained locally and help the manufacturing industry thrive by creating much-needed development and service jobs.

Oliver cites a similar "Buy America"’ provision used by the US government in 2009 to stimulate the American economy after the global financial crisis (GFC) and continues to operate within US government purchasing guidelines.

“We are sick and tired of seeing our jobs being exported overseas, we are sick and tired of seeing cheap, unsafe products being imported into the country and we are sick and tired of seeing exploited, cheap labour being used over local workers.”

“Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs to stand up for working people in Australia by creating local opportunities for both workers and businesses – a Buy Australian Act would do this.

“The Buy Australian Act will ensure Australian families have work, Australian businesses have opportunities to grow and will ensure our infrastructure and services meet the high standards that the Australian people expect and deserve.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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