Born in Coburg in 1925, Laurie was a graduate of Brunswick Technical School and, as he would have said, of the Williamstown naval dockyards. Working as a fitter, he became a socialist by instinct as much as by his reading of Marx and other theorists. He saw everyday how working people were oppressed, and understood that they could only end that oppression by organising industrially and politically.Read more
Labor congratulates Karen Andrews MP on her appointment today as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.
Karen Andrews is the 6th Coalition Minister for Industry and Science in only five years.
Labor welcomes today’s announcement by General Motors that it will increase its design and engineering staff at Port Melbourne by 150.
This investment is a significant commitment to Australia and recognises that Australia is still a world leader when it comes to automotive design and engineering.
After months of insisting that there is job security at the Osborne shipyards Christopher Pyne has let down South Australia once again as 93 more jobs are set to go from ASC.Read more
A Shorten Labor Government will ensure that public good research will be led by Australia’s world leading research agencies.
Revelations this week – in National Science Week – have uncovered the sham that Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg have entered into to justify the unorthodox $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF). This grant effectively sidelines our expert research agencies such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).
ABC ILLAWARA MONDAY 30 JULY 2018
SUBJECTS: Manufacturing, Anti-Dumping Commission, By-election results
A Shorten Labor Government will protect Australian jobs by making it easier for local manufacturing firms to take effective action against the dumping of below cost foreign goods into Australia.
Dumping is cheating and is a particular problem for Australia’s steel industry.
The announcement by the United States of a 25 per cent tariff on imported steel from a number of other countries increases the threat of more steel being dumped in Australia, putting further pressure on an industry already feeling the impact of a glut of foreign steel production.
ABC NATIONAL WRAP
SUNDAY 8 JULY 2018
SUBJECTS: Political Retirements, The Senate, By-Elections.
GREG JENNETT: With the retirements that we know about already the ranks of Labor MPs with actual experience in Government are clearly shrinking, Kim Carr will soon be the longest serving member of the Senate and he has seen a lot of turnover in the upper house in recent years and he reckons too much for the Senate’s own good.
Kim Carr welcome to National Wrap. A bits happened this week in your own party in particular. We have seen Jenny Macklin announce her intention to leave at the next election, Michael Danby too. This is significant turn over and a reminder perhaps for political mortality for all of you.Read more
Labor welcomes the announcement of BAE as the successful tender for the Future Frigates program. This announcement is a significant milestone in this project, which was initiated by the former Labor Government in 2009.
BAE is a world-class partner for Australia to build the next generation of frigates. They have a proud history of delivering capabilities that have helped keep Australia safe, and Labor is sure they will do so with the frigates as well.
Australia needs a National Shipbuilding Plan for civil as well as defence vessels, with a sovereign Australian industry, built by Australian workers according to the final report of the Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry, tabled today.
At a minimum, all vessels procured by the Commonwealth, scientific and research vessels, Federal Police, customs and border protection vessels, and agriculture vessels should comply with the same requirements as naval procurements, devised in the national interest.