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Paul O’Halloran: Caterpillar job Losses

The Tasmanian Greens Member for Braddon Paul O’Halloran MP today expressed deep disappointment at news of job losses at Caterpillar Underground Mining in Burnie.

“This is very sad and distressing news for Caterpillar workers and their families, and for the broader community,” Mr O’Halloran said.

“The Greens understand this announcement was not unexpected, but it is absolutely the last thing that north-west Tasmania needs right now.”

“Tasmania’s unemployment rate is already far too high, and much more needs to be done to attract new investment and new job opportunities.”

Paul O’Halloran MP Greens Member for Braddon Tuesday

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  1. David Obendorf

    November 6, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Mercury, 6 November – [i]Catapillar this year received $5 million from the State Governmemt under the [b]Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan[/b] to help make its Burnie operation globally competitive.'[/i]

    [i]’The Rudd Government also promised Caterpillar a further $5 million if it was returned to power. But Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week ruled out special deals for “failing buinesses” when he was in Tasmania.'[/i]

    A payout of [b]$5 million[/b] from the State Government to Caterpillar and still they shed 400 jobs from their Burnie plant.

  2. David Obendorf

    November 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Mr O’Halloran how is it that the State Government can provide massive ‘royality relief’ to Grange Resources’ Savage River Mine [b]and[/b] can forego millions of dollars of other Government payments due from this single miner in your electorate yet the manufacturer of high quality mining equipment at Burnie – [b]Caterpillar[/b] – has shed 400 jobs?

    I’m looking with interest to read the Greens policy to support Tasmania’s ‘economy in transition’ – as your leader, Mr McKim has been describing it.

  3. Jeremy Thomas

    November 5, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Caterpillar job losses strikes me as an opportunity to get lots of heavy machinery cheap and easy from Thailand – but at the expense of hardworking Tasmanians. Are we meant to believe that all these ex-Caterpillar workers will get jobs in the Tarkine mines on mining machinery made where? Made in Thailand?

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