Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva today met with local companies at an export roundtable in Bendigo.
Mr Dalla-Riva said the roundtable, co-hosted by the Australian Industry Group, was designed to help the government gain a better understanding of the issues and barriers confronting regional Victorian exporters.
"The Coalition Government is working to revive Victoria's export performance and give our many world-class businesses every opportunity and assistance to make their mark in the global economy and secure more jobs for Victorians," Mr Dalla-Riva said.
"This roundtable will offer the opportunity for Bendigo companies to give Julia Gillard early feedback on her proposed carbon tax which has only created uncertainty for the manufacturing and export sectors and threatens jobs in Victoria and Bendigo.
"Roundtables allow for discussion and consultation with local exporting businesses and help to understand the challenges they face.
"They provide a genuine opportunity for participants to put forward their views on export-related issues and to inform the Victorian Government's new export strategy, to be released later this year.
"Export plays an important role in Victoria and in the 2011-12 State Budget the government provided $12.4 million over the next four years for initiatives including a focused trade mission program, a new export strategy and trade engagement programs.
"The Victorian Government is committed to revitalising the Victorian manufacturing sector and the establishment of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission inquiry will allow the government to get the basics right, backing local innovation, improving our international competitiveness and creating opportunities to generate jobs and investment across Victoria," Mr Dalla-Riva said.
While in Bendigo, Mr Dalla-Riva also visited Hoffman Engineering and Hazeldene's Chicken Farm. Export roundtables have also been held in Melbourne and Warrnambool.