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at the hip. This is Australia’s largest manufacturing industry,” he said. “My constituency of Lillee probably has more print businesses than any other, so I am acutely aware of print. I met the PIAA Board two years ago and had good discussions then.
“Print is going through tremendous changes, and is facing a lot of demands, but by working together the industry will remain a powerful part of the Australian economy. It is wonderful to see all sides of politics here, and to see that the unions
and the employers work together. We all want to see the same thing, opportunity and growth.”
The Assistant Shadow Minister
for Universities, Senator Louise Pratt, whose grandfather was a printer, said, “When Labor is in power we will seek to encourage skill training by reducing the gap between Universities and Vocational training.”
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson outlined her three main policy planks to gathered printers, and found plenty of support. Her ideas were to get rid of payroll tax – which drew a cheer
– to slash red tape and green tape, and to recalibrate industrial relations legislation back in favour of small business. She said, “There is far too much regulation on business, which
is preventing growth. A business owner must be free to run their own business. Governments are terrified of the unions, but government needs to get out of the way.”
Media Super CEO Graham Russell called for politicians to invest in youth and youth training, saying the industry was a great place for young people to develop skills. He also called on the politicians to challenge the reluctance of the big banks to invest in print, saying, “They have virtually gone on strike when it comes to print.”
“Print is going through tremendous changes, and is facing a lot of demands, but by working together the industry will remain a powerful part of the Australian economy.” – Senator Wayne Swan
Macaulay says, “Print2Parliament will be happening again, we will make it an annual event. There
is no doubting its effectiveness.
The discussions, the relationship building, the growing awareness of politicians that print is a major part of the economy, and needs attention.
“Tonight there has been a
really good representation of the industry. People have come a long way, spending their own time and money to get here. It is a celebration of print: both the quality, as the politicians can see in the awards, and in the determination of
print business owners to take the industry forward.”
James Pearson, CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, of which PIAA is a member, says, “The key needs of the printing industry are common to all industry, energy policy, industrial relations policy and skills training.”
Lorraine Cassin, AMWU print secretary says, “It is great to
see both sides of the industry, employers and employees working together, as we do on many issues. When we come together as an industry and collaborate we have great strength.”
Wrapping up the evening, PIAA president Walter Kuhn asked the guests to use the evening as a platform to build on, and to work together for, the greater good of the print industry. 21
Clockwise from top, all left to right: PIAA president Walter Kuhn with Senator Wayne Swan.
Senator Brian Burston; James Pearson, CEO ACCI; Gai Brodtman MP; Richard Celarc, Opus Group.
Chris Segaert, Permanent Press; Andrew Gee MP; Mrs Chris Segaert; and Kevin Andrews MP.
Big crowd at Print2 Parliament.
James Pearson, CEO ACCI, with Andrew Macaulay,
Brett Maishman, Fuji Xerox;
Matt Thistlewaite MP; and Tom Eckersley.
Sarah Runcie, Publishers Association, talking with Kirsten Taylor, Taylor’d Press.

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