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Pacific Brands trying to rip us off again

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The Rudd Government appears largely powerless to stop the company from getting most of the funding despite the loss of 1850 jobs.

“Yes, we have an application for funding,” a company spokesman said. “It’s for money spent on Australian-based research and development.”   A spokeswoman for Industry Minister Kim Carr, said the grants process was “not a process the Government controls” and was “done at arm’s length”.

Well, if that is the case, why is Prime Minister Rudd claiming he will demand previous funding be returned.  The government had better get used to the idea that we are not in a mood to accept that as an excuse.

Pacific Brands was given support by the Australian government over a long period of time, and most of that occurred during the previous government. “There is nothing we can directly do to stop that, but what we can do is talk to those companies about what additional assistance may be required.

… and they must hold the companies accountable for the use of grant moneys.  I guess the  Australian based research grant worth $7 million will be spent on finding the cheapest manufacturing of their products

The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union’s Ms O’Neil said the Government should continue to press the company to reverse its decision and, if that failed, broker serious discussions about selling it off to a local interest.  A threatened product boycott has not been activated while officials work through options to try to save the jobs.

If that is what it takes, then let’s get on with it whilst the population of Australia is still angry

Written by Greg Naylor

8 March 2009 at 12:30 am

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  1. That does it, I’m not going to support any underpants that don’t support me (properly).

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    9 March 2009 at 11:43 pm

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