Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Strong future for Boyne Smelter

STRONG FUTURE FOR BOYNE SMELTER

 

The Boyne Smelter is a critical part of Australia’s economy and one of our great exporters.

It’s produced millions of tonnes of world-class aluminium over the last three decades and employs over a thousand Gladstone locals.

Boyne aluminium is in the planes, trains, electricity grids, wind farms and buildings of North America and South East Asia.

Every year it turns out over half a million tonnes. That’s a lot of export dollars heading out of the Gladstone deep-water port.

The smelter is part and parcel of Gladstone – and it’s a great story of continuous investment by its operators over the years to increase its capacity.

More aluminium, more jobs and more exports is something that Labor wants to see continue.

It’s also something that should be above politics.

Everyone knows that trade exposed industries like aluminium will have their competiveness protected against international rivals when it comes in energy policy.

It’s also why Labor is calling for bipartisan support of measures like the National Energy Guarantee.

Even Ken O’Dowd agrees on the NEG, saying not supporting it would put Gladstone coal and aluminium jobs at risk:

 “I spoke with a Rio Tinto representative at length (Monday) night and they indicated the NEG would provide confidence and gives certainty to the multiple Gladstone operations”

 Ken O’Dowd – Gladstone Observer – 15 Aug 2018

 It’s now time for Ken O’Dowd to explain why he’s back flipped on the NEG and in his own words is putting those very same jobs at risk.

 

THURSDAY, 28  FEBRUARY 2019