Job losses announced at Forestry SA today is another broken promise from the Weatherill Labor Government.
Voluntary separation packages will be offered to 60 Forestry SA workers – this is more than half of its workforce.
When questioned in December 2011 about the conditions imposed on the sale of forestry assets, Premier Weatherill told the ABC:
"There are serious conditions we’re putting on the sale to make sure that there is long term certainty for local processors here and also the people that work directly for Forestry SA." (639ABC, 08/12/2011)
Four months later, when announcing the conditions, then Treasurer Jack Snelling emphasised that people in the region should feel safe about their employment. Mr Snelling said:
"The people of the South-East can feel secure that jobs are now protected and their futures in the forestry industry will continue to thrive." (Press Release, 23/03/2012)
"Before the state election Premier Weatherill promised these workers their jobs were safe – immediately after the state election their jobs are gone," said Shadow Agriculture Minister David Ridgway.
"Does Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock support the decision to axe jobs of Forestry SA employees in his electorate and other regional electorates?
"This is another blow to the economy of the South East. Serious questions must be answered by the Weatherill Labor Government.
"The Weatherill Labor Government has failed to protect the South-East community, failed to protect the industry and failed to protect Forestry SA employees and their families."