Greens MP and industry spokesperson Adam Bandt has welcomed the passage of the Steel Transformation Plan Bill, but is disappointed Labor failed to back a Senate amendment to support the creation of clean energy jobs in the Illawarra and other regions.
The amendment would have required allocations of the $180 million for Bluescope steel to take into account the joint union-business Green Jobs Illawarra Action Plan.
"This package will help protect jobs and assist in a transition to a cleaner economy," Mr Bandt said.
"We would have preferred Labor to green up the package further, but unlike Tony Abbott we were not going to stand in the way of assistance to workers in the Illawarra and other steel producing regions."
"Tony Abbott claims to be the battler's friend but goes AWOL when it is time to support those same workers and jobs."
"The Greens will continue to find ways to help the steel industry become more energy efficient and for regions such as the Illawarra transition to a clean energy future."