The Australian Greens call on the Government to provide urgent mental health support to the Whyalla Community as part of any plan to assist in securing the future of the steel industry.
"My thoughts are with the 1100 steelworkers in Whyalla and 7000 across the country during this time of job insecurity. The Government needs to fight for this steelworks to continue operating to ensure Whyalla thrives into the future.
"The Government also needs to commit to using Australian-made steel and stop import dumping to help secure jobs and the future of the industry, following Whyalla steelworks Arrium going into voluntary administration this morning. The Greens urge the Government to investigate procurement options for Australian projects. If any of Whyalla's steel could be purchased by the Government at this time it could help secure Arrium's future as a major employer in regional SA and save these workers' jobs.
"We know Australian companies produce very high quality steel, a necessary resource that can contribute to 21st century jobs in the renewables and clean manufacturing sectors. We don't need to be importing inferior product from overseas.
"During this challenging time for Whyalla, the Government needs to ensure that the community is getting all necessary mental health support. On Tuesday, the Senate inquiry in Whyalla heard evidence that there has been an increase in members of the community experiencing mental health issues. The Government needs to provide assistance that goes beyond workplace counselling services."
Senator Simms was in Whyalla on Tuesday for the Senate Inquiry into the future of Australia's steel industry.