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Auditing government steel

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Government to conduct an audit of steel used in all major Federal, State and Local Government infrastructure projects in the past decade to identify opportunities for increasing the use of Australian steel in South Australia.

Over the past decade, massive amounts of steel have been used in the Adelaide Oval redevelopment, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Southern Expressway duplication and the South Road Superway.

“With the future of the Whyalla steelworks hanging by a thread, it is critical that we have a detailed analysis of how all levels of government in South Australia have been using Australian and imported steel in the last decade,” said Shadow Minister for Employment Corey Wingard.

“To fully understand the opportunities for increasing domestic use of Australian steel we need to know what product has been used by all levels of Government in major infrastructure projects during the past decade.

“Where imported steel has been used in preference to Australian steel we need to critically assess the rationale for that decision.

“It is sometimes claimed that imported steel is used because the appropriate type of steel isn’t manufactured in Australia, or because the cost of the local product is higher.

“Government procurement practices are an obvious and critically important avenue for keeping the Whyalla steelworks alive.

“A better understanding of the government use of Australian and imported steel may also help identify cost effective opportunities for private enterprise to choose Australian steel.”