Politicians’ industry showcase to hit Geelong this month

The Australian Manufacturing and
Farming Program, organised by a group of federal politicians, will be
holding an expo on April 29 at the Royal Geelong Showgrounds.

The group, established by Victorian Senator John
Madigan (a former blacksmith and boilermaker), SA Senator Nick Xenophon and federal
MP Bob Katter, has been running for more than two years.

According to its website, the initiative “promote[s] industry, manufacturing and farming and bring[s]
politicians out of Parliament House and into the real world.”

Xenophon
told local paper The Geelong Advertiser that
, “The
amount of diverse and world class products that comes out of Geelong is
enormous and support is needed to maintain Geelong’s economy.

“While there have been so many job losses in
local manufacturing there is genuine hope that the quality of material that is
produced in Geelong is world class.”

He added
that a loss of manufacturing would not say positive things about Australia.

“Once you’ve lost manufacturing jobs you’ve lost them
forever,” said Xenophon.

Last year
Xenophon suggested the federal government should consider intervening to reduce the Australian currency, the strength of which has been a difficulty for the
industry.

Xenophon and Madigan also spent more than $5,000 each to buy a 750-piece, Australian-made dining set for Parliament House, which had been using crockery sourced from the
United Arab Emirates.

Madigan, an enthusiastic supporter of Australian-made products, said in his maiden speech that, “A country is what a country makes. The great economies of the world have strong manufacturing sectors.”

For more
about the Geelong Is Strong industry day, contact Madigan’s senior adviser Brendan Gullifer on 0428 340 755.