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Showing politicians a positive Immij for print

Friday, 23 February 2018
By Jake Nelson

(L-R) Andrew Macaulay, PIAA; Adam Hanks and Robert Doban, Immij; Trent Zimmerman MP; and James Cryer, JDA.

Representatives of Printing Industries and JDA Print Recruit met with Trent Zimmerman, Federal MP for North Sydney, at Immij’s offices in Lane Cove today to raise concerns facing the industry.

Robert Doban, general manager, and Adam Hanks, sales director, showed Zimmerman around the facility, accompanied by James Cryer of JDA Print Recruit, Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA, and other visitors. Macaulay told Print21 that events like these were a vital part of the association’s strategy. “It’s critical that we have these outreach sessions with our legislators about the industry, its contribution to the economy, and the issues it’s facing,” he said.

Macaulay and Cryer met with Zimmerman last November, and the MP says these meetings have given him a great understanding of the industry and its challenges, including high postage costs, environmental concerns, and soaring energy prices. “It’s been good to visit such a great local business in my electorate – they employ about 70 people here. There were a number of issues raised with me that I think are important, ranging from the impact of high energy prices to procurement by Australian governments, and how we can better support an industry that still has a strong skills base,” said Zimmerman.

Adam Hanks (left) shows Trent Zimmerman an offset printing plate.

Doban and Hanks, for their part, were happy to demonstrate their operations to their local member of Parliament, and Hanks said it helped them raise their concerns to someone who can help address them. “It was brilliant. I think we got the points across that we needed to get across. In the current status of where printing stands as an industry, I think we need all the support we can get on these issues,” he said.

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