SA Labor admits steel failure

The Weatherill Labor Government has been acutely embarrassed by the revelation that State Government projects have been using imported steel that may not meet Australian Standards.

Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis today announced that all future State Government projects would be required to use steel that meets Australian Standards.  

“It is clear that the Weatherill Labor Government has been using cheap imported steel in State Government projects,” said Deputy State Liberal Leader Vickie Chapman.  

“It is disgraceful that despite the massive loss of jobs at the Whyalla steel works the Weatherill Government is only now moving to require the use of steel that meets Australian Standards.  

“Mr Koutsantonis claims this should lead to more Australian steel being used on State Government projects.  

“That means inferior imports have been used in the place of Australian steel at the expense of local jobs.  

“This is despite Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan claiming in Parliament last week that steel for major State Government already came from Whyalla.  

“There would be no need for the policy announced today if the Labor Government was already using Australian steel for major projects.”  

Mr Koutsantonis must immediately answer:  

Has steel been used in State Government projects that does not meet Australian Standards?  

Was Mr Koutsantonis aware of cheap imported steel being used on State Government projects when he claimed on 17 November that it would not be?  

Would the use of more Australian made steel on major State Government projects like the South Road Superway have saved jobs at Arrium in Whyalla?  

What percentage of Australian made steel was used in the South Road Superway?  

What percentage of Australian steel was used in the Adelaide Oval redevelopment?  

What percentage of Australian steel has been used in the new Royal Adelaide Hospital?  

Has Mr Koutsantonis apologised on behalf of the State Government to workers who have recently lost their jobs at Arrium in Whyalla?