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Tariff reduction schedule for TCF may continue, Senator Kim Carr
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Sep '08
Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, released the Review of the Australian Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Industries, saying it provided clear direction on how they can compete and succeed in today's increasingly competitive global environment.

The review was conducted by Professor Roy Green, supported by an industry reference group, and received over 80 submissions. The report contains 15 broad ranging recommendations to encourage reform and rejuvenation of Australia's TCF industries.

"TCF industries play an important role in Australia's economy and society – but to remain viable and competitive in the international market place, the industries need to forge ahead with essential reforms," Senator Carr said.

"The report demonstrates that we can be confident about the future of TCF industries, if the right policy decisions are made now."

A key recommendation of the report is that industry assistance be focussed on building innovative capacity at the level of the enterprise and workplace rather than traditional structural adjustment.

The report supports the continuation of the tariff reduction schedule for the industry to 2015 and recommends current programs be replaced with a new $200 million TCF Innovation Capability Program from 2010.

"TCF industries provide jobs for over 48,000 Australian workers, generate exports worth $1.6 billion, and contribute $2.8 billion to our economy each year. Our task is to work with the industry to promote growth and overcome the challenges of a highly competitive environment," Senator Carr said.

"The Rudd Government is committed to fostering an industry which is clean and green with a focus on high value add and high productivity.

"The future of Australia's TCF industries is underpinned by our high quality designers and manufacturers – and its promising future is evident in a wide range of great products."

The Government is currently considering the report's recommendations and will be responding to the many significant issues it raises in due course.

"I want to thank Professor Green, the members of the reference group and all those who made submissions. This is a thoughtful and intellectually rigorous report which makes a very real contribution to the future of Australia's TCF industries," Senator Carr said.

Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

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