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To: Malcolm Turnbull and Defence Minister Marise Payne
Our Gear Should Be Made Here
We need Minister Payne and Turnbull to change the procurement guidelines to commit to making 100% of our Army, Navy and Air Force uniforms right here in Australia.
We’ve got the skills, we’ve got the capacity, but we just don’t have the government with the will.
Why is this important?
The Turnbull Government has quietly signed a deal meaning Australian defence dress uniforms will be outsourced and manufactured in China, costing Australian jobs. They don’t want you to know about it.
We have a procurement policy that says procurement must be made here in Australia but they’re drawing this artificial distinction when those jobs, that work, could be done here. They’d rather have something as iconic as our defence uniforms made cheaply in China, than keep Australian industries strong.
They don’t care about the conditions of workers making these uniforms.
One of the Federal Government’s first decisions was to abolish Procurement requirements that uniforms be made by companies accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia. These decisions should focus on the long term benefit of the country – not simply find the cheapest price in the short-term.
And it’s not the first time: In 2014, the Defence Department snubbed South Australian company Rossi for boots made in Indonesia, a deal worth $15 million.
It’s not just our defence uniforms, last year the Liberals refused to support Aussie seafarers, allowing them to be replaced by a foreign ship, with exploited workers on $2 an hour.
Be a part of the public push to support keeping jobs in Australia and for local ethically made uniforms, sign the petition.