Michelle Landry: support local jobs. Support Queensland's Buy Local strategy.

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No one can deny the benefits of buying locally to local jobs and our economy. Which is why I think it's ludicrous that Member for Capricornia has spoken in Federal Parliament against buying local! I've been fighting for better buy local policies to support local jobs for years.

Queensland's new Buy Local strategy will ensure taxpayer dollars are spent on local projects and supporting local jobs. But the Member for Capricornia and the LNP are hell bent against it, despite the huge benefits it will have for local jobs and businesses.

Ms Landry’s opposition to the policy is a slap in the face for small business across the region.

Our policy is all about supporting local trades, contractors and suppliers by ensuring that Queensland Government procurement is undertaken in our local area.

Our policy has no impact whatsoever on export industries or agreements.

From 1 September 2017, the government’s new Buy Queensland procurement policy will define a “local supplier” as a business that maintains a workforce within a 125km radius of where the goods or workers are needed.

Local suppliers will receive a local weighting of up to 30% on any tender lodged for a significant procurement.

The policy also sets out the following:
• Require at least one local or regional supplier, and one other Queensland based business, to be invited to quote or tender for every procurement opportunity offered;
• For significant infrastructure projects $100 million and above, require the use of local sub-contractors and manufacturers where the local capability and capacity exists;
• Significant projects will be required, where possible, to expend 15% on apprenticeships – up from the current 10%;
• Deliver a more visible pipeline of opportunities for every Queensland business;
• Reduce complexity to assist Queensland industry prepare for government tenders, and provide resources to help them tender;
• Exempt business from the pre-qualification system for building contracts and Information and Communication Technologies projects under $1 million;
• Businesses tendering for government procurement contracts will need to have a permanent workforce in Queensland. They will need to offer fair wages, conditions and superannuation, and have good workplace health and safety records.

The motion moved by the Federal LNP is as follows:

MR EVANS:  To move—That this House:

(1) condemns the Queensland Government for its statement: ‘the State Government would no longer be constrained or bound by free trade agreements’;

(2) notes that:

(a) Australia’s trade agreements guarantee Queensland businesses preferential access to Chile, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United States markets;

(b) Queensland’s exports were worth $62.6 billion to the state’s economy in 2015-16;

(c) in April 2017, the Queensland Treasurer stated: ‘one in five jobs in our state relies on our export performance’; and

(d) the Queensland Government’s decision to not abide by its international commitments threatens the access Queensland exporters have to international markets and the jobs that rely on them; and

(3) calls on the Queensland Government to honour its commitments and abandon its anti-trade position to ensure that Queensland export businesses do not lose access to these crucial global markets.

 

 



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