We have Helper, Gibbons, McKew, Brumby, now we want . . . PRIME SUPPORT

Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has been invited to visit Maryborough and take a first-hand look at the devastating impact the abolishment of Australia’s parallel book importations could have on the area.

In a joint letter from Central Goldfields Shire Mayor, Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor, and Maryborough Advertiser managing editor, Michael Rossi, written on behalf of the people of the Central Goldfields Shire, the Prime Minister, his deputy and key Federal Cabinet members have been invited to Maryborough to talk with members of the community and the printing industry about the flow-on effects the Productivity Commission’s recommended changes could have on the local economy.

Mr Rossi said he hoped the Prime Minister would accept the invitation and visit Maryborough and its book publishing industry, to see first-hand its importance to Maryborough.

“If we could get the support of the PM, it would be a real plus when Cabinet decides on the recommendation,” Mr Rossi said.

“Prior to his election, Mr Rudd said he didn’t want to be Prime Minister of a nation that didn’t produce anything, so I’m sure he will look favourably upon our invitation.”

The letter, which was mailed to Parliament House earlier this week, quotes submissions from the Victorian Government and McPherson’s Printing Group, outlining the detrimental effects the abolishment of import restrictions would have on the local economy.

Having regard to your strong commitment to regional Australia and the rights of working Australians we ask you, the Deputy Prime Minister and key members of your Cabinet to come to Maryborough to meet with us, Central Goldfields Shire Council and representatives from the printing industry and our community. We would like you to see for yourselves the devastating impact that these changes would make to our community and Central Victoria,” one section of the letter reads.

The letter to the PM is the latest in a raft of efforts to secure the future of Maryborough’s most important industry.

The Advertiser’s “Save Our Jobs” campaign continues to gather momentum, with close to 900 coupons gathered. More are still needed prior to Federal Parliament’s decision in early September.

Others are still joining the fight, with Maryborough’s Assembly of God hosting a community prayer night and information session at Tren DuBourg Hall next Wednesday night.

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