Tasmanian Labor MP’s must back urgent job creating legislation

Tasmania’s Federal Labor Parliamentarians must commit to backing the legislation to implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership or risk Tasmanian jobs and investment according to the Chair of the Senate Trade Committee, Liberal Senator Eric Abetz.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is expected to create $15.6 billion in net annual benefits to the Australian economy and will help Tasmanian producers and exporters to access new markets.

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership will remove more than 98% of tariffs, including on beef, dairy, cheese, seafood, horticulture and wine which will directly support Tasmanian employers to employ more staff and to drive even more investment in Tasmania,” Senator Abetz said.

“Any delay on the passage of this vital legislation puts the creation of jobs and investment at risk.”

“Thanks to the Liberal Government’s visionary free trade agenda, we have seen an enormous increase in Tasmanian exports, including a 6% increase to $4.1 billion in 2016-17.”

“If Tasmanian Labor MP’s back Tasmanian jobs and investment, they will immediately commit to passing this legislation as quickly as possible,” Senator Abetz concluded. 

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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