Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for the Illawarra, Ryan Park, will next week seek to introduce the Steel Industry Protection Bill into the Legislative Assembly for its First Reading.

Illawarra Labor representatives are looking forward to a debate and a vote on the Bill as soon as possible.

Advice from the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly Rhonda Miller notes the Bill:

  • must be reported to the Legislative Assembly from the Legislative Council to be listed on the Legislative Assembly Business Paper;
  • Speaker must be advised which MP will have carriage of the Bill;
  • Speaker will then list the Bill on the Legislative Assembly Business Paper and allocate time for debate during Private Members’ Bills on Thursdays.

The Steel Industry Protection Bill 2016 was passed by the Legislative Council on Thursday, 25 August 2016 with the support of Labor and all other minor parties.  It was opposed by the Government’s Members.

Comments attributable to Ryan Park MP:

“This Bill, which I will introduce hopefully next week, will be scheduled for debate and a vote in the Legislative Assembly as soon as possible.

“The Government won’t have an opportunity to duck the debate on steel.”

Comments attributable to Anna Watson MP: 

“I want to see the Legislative Assembly debate and vote on this Bill as soon as possible.

“Thousands of people in the Illawarra are hoping the Government will listen to their voice on the use of Australian-made steel and support Labor’s Bill.”

Comments attributable to Paul Scully: 

“The people of Wollongong – home of Illawarra-made steel – want this Bill debated and voted on in the ‘People’s House’ as soon as possible.

“The Baird Liberal Government can’t ignore the will of the people of the region to have 90% of Australian-made steel used in publicly funded infrastructure across NSW.

“We’re proud of our steel and we want it used in every road, bridge, school and hospital built across the state.”


8 September 2016