Government paper policy a threat to local jobs

Published: 15 Apr 2016

The Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union has called on Malcolm Turnbull to stand up for local jobs as the Anti-Dumping Commission reveals it will investigate office paper imports from 

The Government has been complicit in China’s dumping of paper, with Malcolm Turnbull’s own department of Prime Minister and Cabinet sourcing 77 per cent of paper from countries that undercut 
local suppliers.

The decision by the A-DC comes as Malcolm Turnbull prepares to sit down with China’s leaders today. 

The Prime Minister has already indicated he will not discuss anti-dumping issues.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said the Government’s policy on paper was a threat to local jobs.

“Here is another example of Malcolm Turnbull giving priority to overseas business interests ahead of local companies and community jobs,” Mr O’Connor said.

“The Government’s policy around paper has serious consequences for local suppliers, meaning less jobs for Australians.

“This practice has a devastating effect for local workers, their families and the communities that rely on their jobs.”

China, along with Thailand, Indonesia and Brazil, supply 93 per cent of all imported office paper to Australia. The A-DC estimates paper dumped in Australia is being sold for as much as 73 per cent 
below fair value.

Government departments including Treasury, the Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection and Malcolm Turnbull’s former Department of Communications, are amongst the biggest users of dumped 

Mr O’Connor has called on Malcolm Turnbull to suspend the use of dumped imported paper by Government departments and agencies.

“The Government is complicit in the crisis facing local manufacturing,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Malcolm Turnbull needs to show some courage and leadership and stand up for local suppliers and local jobs.

“If Malcolm Turnbull can’t stand up to his masters in the Liberal Party how can he stand up for Australian jobs?”

The Government last year also walked away from a promise to source Australian made recycled paper, meaning less opportunities and jobs for local businesses.