BANKS AND INSURERS MOVE ON FLAMMABLE CLADDING – WHEN WILL THE LIBS?

Labor welcomes reports that Westpac has today acknowledged fears over the use of combustible cladding throughout many of its building investments around the country.

This follows reports last week of insurance agencies warning property owners they may not be covered if their buildings contain non-compliant cladding.

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SENATE CALLS FOR URGENT ACTION ON BUILDING FIRE SAFETY

The Senate today called for urgent action from the Turnbull Government on building fire safety, finding that the de-regulation and privatisation agenda that has been underway since the 1990s has comprehensively failed to protect the public. 

There must be an end to buck passing and abrogation of responsibility. This is not something that can, or should, be swept under the rug.

It is time to restore public accountability for public safety in the building industry and the Turnbull Government cannot avoid its responsibility here.

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GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO AUTO WORKERS: TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

After two years of waiting, the Government has finally released its response to the 2015 Senate Inquiry into the future of the automotive industry following a Senate order to do so.

The response is a true reflection of the Abbott/Turnbull Government’s apathetic attitude towards the automotive industry.

We find ourselves facing the closures of Toyota and Holden next month, purely because the Liberals failed to see the value in retaining this high-tech, advanced manufacturing industry and the high-skilled, high-wage jobs it sustains.

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GOVERNMENT INACTION PUTS BUILDING FIRE SAFETY AT RISK

Last night’s ABC Four Corners report is a damning indictment of the state of the Australian construction industry and the complete and utter failure of the de-regulation and privatisation agenda that has been underway since the 1990s. 

The program, along with the evidence received from over 160 submitters to the Senate inquiry into Non-conforming Building Products, detailed the widespread use of non-compliant, highly flammable aluminium composite panels in tens of thousands of Australian buildings.

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SUBJECTS: LIBERTY ALLIANCE TAKES OVER WHYALLA STEEL PLANT,

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RADIO INTERVIEW
ABC NORTH AND WEST SA
FRIDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER 2017

SUBJECTS: LIBERTY ALLIANCE TAKES OVER WHYALLA STEEL PLANT,

PRESENTER: Today is a good day for the region, as the handover of the steelworks to the Liberty Alliance occurs.  A whole lot of politicians are in the region for the handover, and one of them is Senator Kim Carr, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. Good morning.

SENATOR KIM CARR: Good morning. 

PRESENTER: Are you taking any credit this morning?

CARR: Oh, I have been very closely involved in the process. I am very pleased with the outcome. I think it provides a certainty for the city of Whyalla, and certainty for the workers across the entire company. It provides greater opportunity for Australia insofar as it secures our steel industry.

This is an strategically important industry in terms of Australia’s manufacturing capability. It’s an extremely important part of our industrial base and therefore it’s important that the Commonwealth take a very keen interest in the development of the Liberty alliance work.

I am very pleased that Liberty has such a strong plan for re-investment and the commitment to provide an employment guarantee and the opportunities for massive export growth for a basic metal production.

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BRIGHT FUTURE FOR WHYALLA

Today marks the end of 17 months of uncertainty for the Whyalla community as ownership of the steelworks is officially transferred to the GFG Alliance.   

Labor believes that the metals manufacturing industry has a bright future in Australia, particularly in our regional cities.  

 

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LABOR WELCOMES EXPANSION OF THE AUSTRALIAN SYNCHROTRON

Labor welcomes today’s announcement that funding has been secured for expansion of the Australian Synchrotron, one of the nation’s premier research facilities.

The expansion has been funded with the support of universities and research institutions in both Australia and New Zealand.

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BIRMINGHAM MUST RULE OUT SAVAGE CUTS TO AUSTRALIAN INGENUITY

The Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, must use his address to the AFR Higher Education Summit this morning to refute the Liberal Government’s cowardly threats to cut funding for research and science at Australia’s universities.

The threats – made via an unsourced newspaper article yesterday – suggested that the Government would resort to cutting research funding for universities if the Senate blocks the Liberals unfair and unnecessary cuts to universities, and fee slugs for students.

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TURNBULL GRASPS TO SNOWY PET PROJECT

When all else is failing, all a panicking Prime Minister can do is try to pretend throwing more money at the Snowy Hydro feasibility study is news or leadership. It isn’t either.

In Senate Estimates in May this year, Snowy Hydro already confirmed they were expecting the feasibility study to cost $29 million and ARENA to put in $8 million of this cost.

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TURNBULL ALL SHOW AND NO GO ON MANUFACTURING

A panic-stricken Prime Minister today confirmed that there will be no support for Australian manufacturing firms under strain from the high cost of energy until next year.

The Liberals’ policy paralysis on energy is putting jobs at risk across Australia

Malcolm Turnbull’s cups of tea with the energy CEOs has produced little relief for manufacturers, who are paying the price for his Government’s inaction.

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