The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has used the return of State Parliament to urge Premier Daniel Andrews to prioritise the purchase of locally manufactured goods by government departments, health services and agencies.
Speaking during the adjournment debate, Ms Lovell highlighted two local manufacturers, Med-Con and SPC, as two Victorian businesses that the Andrews Labor Government has walked away from in favour of cheap imported products. At the start of the pandemic when demand for surgical masks was at its highest, Lemnos business Med-Con stepped up as Australia’s only manufacturer of masks at the time, meeting the demand for government departments and health services throughout the country.
Ms Lovell said that Med-Con went from operating two manufacturing machines to ten as orders flooded in, but the Andrews Labor Government had abandoned Med-Con to purchase cheaper masks from interstate and overseas. Similarly, Ms Lovell highlighted the State Government’s lack of support for Shepparton preserving giant SPC, with HealthShare Victoria purchasing imported preserved fruit instead of supporting local manufacturing and jobs.
Ms Lovell called on Mr Andrews to instruct HealthShare Victoria and State Government departments to support Victorian jobs by prioritising the purchase of products from local manufacturers for use in all Victorian departments, health services, authorities, and agencies.
Ms Lovell urged her colleagues and the Victorian community to purchase Med-Con masks which can be found online at www.medcon.com.au
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“When they were needed the most, last year Med-Con stepped up to provide quality surgical masks to the Victorian Labor Government, but now Daniel Andrews has walked away from this local manufacturer in favour of overseas and interstate products.
“The Premier needs to step in to ensure government departments prioritise purchases from Victorian manufacturers like Med-Con and SPC to protect Victorian jobs and guarantee supplies continue when borders are closed.”
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