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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9voXByuVM4

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.


Reasons for signing

  • Is this country for real why did all the wonderful people in the armed services give their lives and those that give their blood sweat and tears to have these bloody pollies give away everything that is precious to all aussies. Wake up you jerks before its too late.
  • your job could be next where does it end.the chines army defending Australia????? or over running it??????
  • It would be nice if all of our government uniforms were made here, emergency services and the like. Can the greedy companies that get the contracts do the work without rubbing their hands together and exploiting the job just because it's a "gubbermint" contract? Me thinks not.

Updates

2016-09-20 09:04:01 +1000

1,000 signatures reached