We need an energy policy to protect local jobs

Senator Kim Carr’s visit to the Hunter today highlighted the impact the current energy crisis could have on local jobs.

As Shadow Minister for industry, innovation, science and research, Kim Carr visited Weston Aluminium, Tomago Aluminium, and Throsby Meatworks near Singleton. Each of the plants visited are highly dependent on the supply of secure and affordable energy, both electricity and gas.

Four years of energy policy inaction is driving gas shortages and higher energy prices for our manufacturers. The aluminium and meat processing industries we visited today, offer just two examples of those who are already affected, and will be even more so if something is not done.

Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson and I have been active in Canberra, highlighting the looming crisis and the need to act. We need a national energy policy and we need one quickly.

Many local jobs are depending on it.

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