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Government uses taxpayers’ money to get rid of South Australian jobs

Oct 30, 2015

Mitch Williams MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the State Liberal Leader
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Government uses taxpayers’ money to get rid of South Australian jobs

 
Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock, in a press release of 20 October 2015, claims that a major expansion of the Wolf Blass Winery and packaging facility in Nurioopta will create 30 new jobs. 
 
What the Minister failed to tell South Australians, when announcing the $2 million Government grant, is that support for the project to consolidate Treasury Wine Estate’s wine making and packaging services resulted in 11 redundancies at their Coonawarra facility last week and it is believed a further 23 redundancies at their McLaren Vale Rycroft facility. 
 
Member for MacKillop, Mitch Williams, was assured on Tuesday by Treasurer Koutsantonis that the Labor Government undertakes due diligence when assessing grant applications.
 
Yet the State Liberals could get no answers from Minister Brock in the Parliament this week on the net changes in employment by Treasury Wine Estates notwithstanding $2 million in taxpayers’ money being granted to the company.
 
Mr Williams has expressed his outrage at this inappropriate grant.
 
“The Regional Development Fund was specifically designed to support new employment particularly where market failure had meant that regional businesses struggled to expand due to lack of adequate public infrastructure, such as powerlines and road networks,” said Mr Williams.
 
“The grant applications invariably exceed the funds available. 
 
“It is outrageous that the Labor Government would grant scarce resources to a major multinational company which is apparently leading to a net loss jobs in regional South Australia”. 

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