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Amcor today announced the Petrie Cartonboard Mill would be closing by the end of 2013, resulting in the employment of 220 workers being terminated and immeasurable damage to hundreds of local small businesses and contractors.

 
In a statement issued by the company a number of factors for the closure were sighted, including significant energy cost increases.
 
“Our first concern is to provide assistance to the workers and families directly impacted by the mill’s proposed closure. I have written to Bill Shorten to plead for assistance, particularly in the form of employment services to assist with alternative employment arrangements,” said Peter Dutton.
 
“Local families are starting to see the practical impact of the Carbon Tax and I fear more small businesses, particularly manufacturing based businesses could follow suit,” said Mr Dutton.
 
Small business owners have reported huge increases in their electricity bills following the introduction of the Carbon Tax and it’s about time the Federal Labor Government understood what a devastating impact this tax is having on local business communities.
 
The mill was opened by Sir Robert Menzies in December 1957 and has been an integral part of our local community training literally thousands of apprentices and supporting local contractors.
 
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