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​Infrastructure, energy policies failing Australian manufacturers: Arrium boss

Arrium’s CEO Andrew Roberts has criticised government support levels for local manufacturers.

The steelmaking and mining company’s chief spoke at a business lunch in Melbourne this week, highlighting a case for infrastructure projects to use local providers.

Arrium is currently providing steel to the Barangaroo project.

“Speaking for steel, not only are we competitive and provide high-quality product to Australian standards, the transparency of our entire value chain enables sound project planning, design and governance,” The Australian reports Roberts as saying.

“And our deep understanding of projects allows us to customise our offer and delivery systems to minimise project risk.”

The CEO took aim at policymakers for the lack of assuring an affordable gas supply and for an anti-dumping regime inferior to others.

“There is no point being the highest exporter of gas at the highest cost and Australian industry not having a benefit from that — it just doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Other energy-intensive companies who supply to the construction industry – such as Boral and Bluescope Steel – are also critical of the country’s lack of policy action on gas. There is upward pressure on gas prices, especially on the east coast, due to large LNG developments in Queensland.

Roberts also labelled the US’s anti-dumping regime as “more effective and efficient” than Australia’s.

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