Shadow Minister for the Illawarra Ryan Park MP has described a decision by local Liberal MP’s to vote against a motion in Parliament to debate ways to support local steel workers as “bloody disgraceful”.
“I am absolutely furious that here we are in the middle of a major economic challenge that faces our region and this Government refuses to debate and discuss ways all of us can work together to support this industry and the community now and into the future,” he said.
“My motion was not at all political, it was outlining the facts as we know and calling on the Government to hold an urgent regional steel summit to work through solutions about how we can support the thousands of local families who will be impacted by this decision,” he said.
“To vote not to debate this is a bloody disgrace and a slap in the face for the community who each and every one of us have a duty to represent when we enter the NSW Parliament,” he said.
“There are plenty of things the NSW Government can be looking at including mandating of Australian Steel in NSW infrastructure projects, but also bringing forward infrastructure projects in the region to support and attract new jobs as well as ensuring training opportunities are available through TAFE to help those who have and will lose their jobs as a result of what is happening at BlueScope Steel,” he said.
“The Government needs to act now to ensure practical support for workers and their families, not wait until we have unemployment soaring as a result of the flow on impact that the BlueScope workforce cuts will have across other sectors” Mr Park explained.
“Every single Labor MP in this region is ready and willing to work with the Government to support the hundreds of workers and their families as they face this difficult time,” he said.