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The Hunter’s manufacturing industry is under pressure, and our Governments must do better in giving it support. Clayton attended a rally in Newcastle recently about this issue, which is starting to worry people in the community. We are seeing job losses around the country as our manufacturing industry falters, and our local industries are going to need Government help.

Kurri Kurri’s Hydro Aluminium, Volgren and United Goninan are just three examples of local businesses that have closed because of contracting decisions made by the State Government. That’s not a political statement; it was the Labor Government who initially failed to deliver a power contract for Hydro, and the current Liberal/National Government who has been giving train and bus contracts to interstate and international companies.

That is unacceptable, and Clayton continues to speak out for local jobs. There is no excuse to send a contract interstate or overseas when local manufacturing businesses are battling. The next State Government, whatever political persuasion, must do better for local workers. A product that costs a little bit more but provides work, skills, knowledge and innovation right here in New South Wales is worth every cent.

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This and other news in Clayton’s latest Newsletter.

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