I'm a Labor Senator for Victoria, standing up for all Victorians. I'm also a member of the Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. 

Feel free to contact my office about any relevant issues on (03) 9639 2798.

Senator Kim Carr

Innovation policy is not just about the latest trends. It is about the future of Australia – for all of us.

It is also not just about backing a great idea or promoting the next cool initiative. It is about applying a thoughtful, integrated systems approach, fostering an environment where great ideas and cool initiatives thrive every day.

That’s the approach Labor took in government with our 10-year national innovation agenda, Powering Ideas. And it is still our approach today.

For Labor, innovation policy applies not just to a small section of the economy, but to every enterprise. It applies not just to industry, but to universities and TAFEs, research institutes, the public service and the community sector.

At the centre of our policy is a commitment to Australia as a science nation, as an entrepreneurial nation and an advanced manufacturing nation. These are different facets of the same initiative, directed at the same objective – our future national prosperity.

This philosophy is championed at the very top, by Labor’s leader Bill Shorten.

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    Politics wrecked the car industry

    Now the Australian Coalition Government must decide if it will protect the high-skill high-wage jobs in advance manufacturing that it generated, writes shadow Industry Minister Kim Carr.

    When General Motor’s Australian subsidiary, Holden, shut down its assembly plant last month, Australia’s 100-year-old tradition of producing passenger cars came to a halt.

    The other automotive manufacturer with an Australian production facility, Toyota, had ceased operations several weeks earlier.

    The closures provoked a spate of commentary, locally and around the world, much of it intended to demonstrate that the decisions made by Holden and Toyota were inevitable.

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