Commonwealth must co-invest in Arrium at Whyalla: SA government

South Australian premier Jay Weatherill will meet Arrium management, administrator Mark Mentha, unions and suppliers at Whyalla today.

The SA government has announced an interest-free loan scheme for Arrium creditors, and is expected to soon detail a co-investment plan to upgrade the company’s steelworks.

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis, who will visit the site with Weatherill and regional development minister Geoff Brock, has pleaded with the federal government to contribute to an upgrade of the factory in the budget.

“[Industry] Minister [Christopher ] Pyne has done exceptional work for South Australia in the last seven days,” he told the ABC, referring to the last week’s announcement that Australia’s new submarines would be built in SA.

“I do expect the Commonwealth Government to co-invest in Arrium with the State Government.

“A state of 1.6 million taxpayers cannot do this alone.”

Arrium owes roughly $4 billion and began a complicated administration last month, involving 94 entities.

1 thought on “Commonwealth must co-invest in Arrium at Whyalla: SA government

  1. Can you imagine Australia without a steelmaker? We will have to send scrap overseas for recycling, how dire is that ! If all 3 levels of govt imports steel and materials and skills from overseas for its own projects, it becomes a hypocrite when enforcing its own punitive taxes and red tape. Let them eat cake !

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