Greens Senator for South Australia Robert Simms is in Whyalla today attending a public hearing for the Senate Inquiry into the Future of Australia's Steel Industry.
"It is critical that steelworks like Arrium in Whyalla have the support they need to continue sustainable operations into the future. Arrium is a major employer in Whyalla and the loss of steelworks manufacturing here would be devastating for the community," Senator Simms said.
"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.
"If Australia loses its capacity to manufacture steel we are unlikely to ever see the industry return due to the enormous capital requirements and need to completely reskill a workforce.
"The Greens call on the Government to invest in the development of greenhouse gas reducing steel making technologies and to commit to using Australian-made steel and preventing import dumping to help secure jobs and the future of the industry."