Outsourcing work will kill our industry
TODAY is a sad day for Maryborough with the closure of Bombardier and subsequent job losses - but don't let anyone tell you that nothing could be done to stop it.
The Australian manufacturing industry is not just critically ill, it's dying.
If it were a person, it would be on life support. There's no such help forthcoming for our workers though.
Governments are getting increasingly budget-conscious, and many of us are admittedly quick to criticise when we see a waste of money.
But few would argue with spending a bit more cash to protect local jobs, and that's where politicians have let us down.
The part that really stings for Maryborough is that previous governments have had the chance to help protect manufacturing jobs here, and they simply have not taken it.
Both Bombardier and Downer EDI have been awarded government contracts in the past few years, but there has been no stipulation that the work should be done here.
That simple condition would have stopped the work being sent down south and worse, overseas, while our workers are laid off.
Manufacturing in India or China might be cheaper in the short term but the long term effects are killing us.
It's time we stood up and told our politicians, we have had enough of empty promises.
If you want our votes, you must protect local jobs.