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Liberals and Nationals push for Australian paper before election

Industry bodies representing Australian and Victorian forest industries have warmly welcomed the Victorian Liberals and National election commitment to use Australian-made paper wherever practical in State Government departments. Source: Timberbiz

This is slated to happen from mid 2019.

“This is an incredibly important commitment, not only because of the recognition of Victoria’s sustainable forest and paper industries, especially in the Latrobe Valley, but also because it demonstrates the value political parties are willing to place on pulp and paper manufacturing jobs,” CEO of the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Mr Hampton said.

“This is the sort of commitment that should be forthcoming from all State Governments and indeed the Federal Government.”

CEO of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI), Mr Tim Johnston said: “Pulp and paper manufacturing jobs are vital to the Latrobe Valley and this announcement will help secure them into the future.

“Victoria’s sustainable forest and paper industries are well recognised as major employers in both regional and metropolitan Victoria, and this is a simple and very practical move to secure those jobs and those industries.

“I thank the Victorian Liberals and Nationals for this announcement, and I look forward to demonstrated bipartisan support for our sustainable forest and paper industries ahead of the Victorian State election in November.”