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Unions push for 'Buy Australia' laws

AAP logoAAP 9/10/2016

Australia's peak union body is urging both sides of politics to support a push to use locally manufactured goods in all major government projects.

The ACTU has proposed a 'Buy Australia Act', similar to the 'Buy American' legislation introduced in the US in 2009, to help boost jobs and the economy.

"Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs to stand up for working people in Australia by creating local opportunities for both workers and businesses -- a Buy Australian Act would do this," secretary Dave Oliver said in a statement on Monday.

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