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Senator calls on PM to support the Whyalla steelworks

Michael McLaren

Michael is joined by Senator Rex Patrick, Independent Senator for South Australia, who calls on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to reaffirm the Federal Government’s support for the Whyalla steelworks and Australian domestic steel production.

“At a time when a cloud of financial uncertainty hangs over Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, it’s essential that the Australian Government reaffirm the critical national importance of domestic steel production and the vital contribution the Whyalla steelworks makes to the city of Whyalla and South Australia”, Senator Patrick said.

“Australian steel production is an essential component of our industrial and manufacturing base. It is key part of national infrastructure projects such as the Inland Rail project, to shipbuilding and to Australia’s national security. If the Whyalla steelworks were forced by external financial factors to close, it would be a grave blow to Australia’s national self-reliance and resilience.”

“When the steelwork’s previous owner Arrium went into administration in 2016, my predecessor Senator Nick Xenophon was able to enlist the active engagement of then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in efforts to support the Whyalla steelworks.”

“Prime Minister Morrison must now also involve himself in the future of Whyalla and make clear his Government’s preparedness to do whatever it may take to ensure that the steelworks continues as a vital part of Australia’s manufacturing future.”

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