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October 5, 2016

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has reinforced his support for retaining ASIC business registry jobs in Traralgon.

Mr Chester today met with ASIC workers and their representatives from the Community and Public Sector Union, as the Federal Government explores whether to lease the registry business to a private operator.

“My number one priority is retaining the ASIC jobs in the Latrobe Valley,” Mr Chester said.

“It there was to be private involvement in running the ASIC business registry, keeping those jobs and developing new opportunities in the Latrobe Valley will be critical.

“Since 2014, I’ve made it clear to my colleagues in Canberra that the ASIC staff have made an important contribution to our region, and will continue to do so in the future.

“Following my discussions with the Minister, the Department of Finance made it clear in the indicative bid phase its strong preference for retaining the jobs in the Latrobe Valley region.”

Mr Chester said the bid phase was ongoing and the Australian Government had not made a decision on whether it would proceed with the registry lease.

CAPTION: ASIC workers Louise Quigley and Vivienne Grimes met with Darren Chester to present a letter on behalf of workers regarding the future of the business registry. Mr Chester reinforced his support to retain the ASIC registry jobs in Traralgon.

 

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