Steel fabricators need reality check

As the debate over local content on big projects heats up, we need to ask where WA’s competitive edge is and what the government can contribute.


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Mark Beyer only looks at one side of the issue. Australian fabricators are very competive with the asian workshops for the costs they can control. If you consider the compulsory imposts placed on WA companies, being Payroll tax, superannuation, workers compensation, minimum works conditions and OHS&E costs it equates to between 23% to 30%. In addition our steel suppliers export steel at a reduced rate to local supply. Many countries steel in which is being fabricated do not have these compulsory conditions. So we are competitive, the governments make us uncompetitive. Consideration should be given to apply tarrifs to steel equal to the conditions applied on us. I look forward to the time when journalism is performed off shore. Ouch.

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