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Labor takes axe to jobs promise

The State Liberals have condemned the Weatherill Labor Government’s decision to axe 100 jobs from Forestry SA as a disgraceful act of treachery.

Before the state election Premier Weatherill promised these workers their jobs were safe – immediately after the state election their jobs are gone.

“This will be the first of many broken promises by a Labor Government that was willing to say and do whatever it took to slide back into office,” said Shadow Minister for Forests David Ridgway.

“Labor’s deception regarding the security of jobs for Forestry SA workers began in late 2011 and continued until today - just one month after the state election.”

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)“

The Weatherill Labor Government kept this information hidden from South Australians throughout the course of the election campaign,” Mr Ridgway said.

“Labor’s kick in the guts to the workers of Forestry SA raises a number of important questions for the Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock.

“Was the Minister for Regional Development told during the negotiations he held with the Premier that Labor would break its promise to protect the jobs of these workers?

“Does Minister Brock support the decision to axe jobs of Forestry SA employees in his electorate and other regional electorates?

“Will Minister Brock stand up to his Labor Cabinet colleagues and have them keep their word on protecting these jobs?”

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