Will ethanol save Australia’s ailing sugar industry?

Australian MPs are seeking to change legislation that restricts ethanol use in petrol to 10% in a move to revive and save Australia’s ailing sugar industry.

Seven sugar mills have closed in Queensland over the past decade leaving only 22 remaining mills.  A further mill in Cairns, Queensland recently announced that it will be closing.  The sector employs over 45,000 people in Australia. 

A campaign for wider ethanol use is proposed and the Australian Workers Union has been asked to actively promote and support the campaign.

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