Members Statement – Keppel Prince Jobs

Yesterday we heard the shocking news that Keppel Prince in Portland is putting off 40 workers. This was foreshadowed weeks ago to the state government if the company could not secure government contracts for their wind tower manufacturing firm. Many industries are at risk in and around Portland because of the state government’s lack of interest in the regions. Alcoa faces ongoing challenges with power security, but nothing is on offer from the state government in the way of ensuring the industry has secure, affordable power. Power prices have increased not 85 cents as stated by the minister three years ago, but 85 per cent under this state government. And now we are seeing imported wind towers passing by the gate of Keppel Prince as they come through the port of Portland. What is the government doing to deliver on their promise that every job is worth fighting for?

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