CONFIRMED: COALITION BOTCHES 457 POLICY

Immigration Senate Estimates has seen nothing but buck passing and denial from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in response to industry led concerns about the Turnbull Government’s recent 457 policy announcement.

The Turnbull Government is all over the place on temporary skilled migration and is already walking away from their 457 “crackdown” and looking to add jobs to the skilled migration visa list as part of a review.

The Government claims they consulted with the Ministerial Advisory Council for Skilled Migration (MASCM) but this has been disputed by a member of that committee who later resigned over the lack on consultation.

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BARNABY JOYCE’S DEPARTMENT ALL OVER THE SHOP ON PLANT BIOSECURITY

Responses from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources about the New Plant Biosecurity Partnership will be alarming to our plant industries.

Senator Carr asked a very simple question to the department about what will happen to plant biosecurity once the Plant Biosecurity CRC comes to a close and this is what the Senate Estimates committee was told:

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BUDGET 2017: TURNBULL GOVERNMENT BACKTRACKS ON INCUBATOR HUB FUNDING

The Turnbull Government is gearing up to “cut and run” on regional Australia by preparing to ditch a program supposed to support the spread of job creating innovation incubators in our regions.

This year’s Budget saw the handbrake pulled on a $23 million program to help fund the set-up of regional based incubators.

During the program pause the Opposition believes the Turnbull Government will be thinking of ways to deliver a future funding cut, robbing regional Australia.

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NAVAL SHIPBUILDING PLAN WILL SEE LOCAL JOBS LOST

Malcolm Turnbull has once again left Australian shipbuilders in the lurch.

The Turnbull Government is refusing to guarantee no more workers in the industry will lose their jobs, because they can’t. 

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MANUFACTURING FUND DOES NOTHING FOR JOBS

The Liberals’ Budget has produced a manufacturing fund that does very little for Australian auto workers or manufacturers more broadly.

 

What the Liberals announced is no more than an uncoordinated grab-bag of measures, none of which are actually geared towards helping auto workers find new jobs.

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LIBERALS LATE TO THE TABLE ON AUTO JOBS YET AGAIN

Today’s announcement demonstrates that the Abbott/Turnbull Government’s response to the closure of Holden and Toyota was always manifestly inadequate. 

 

While new funding to assist automotive firms transition is welcome, today’s announcement shows just how late the Liberals are, coming to the table for automotive firms with the impending closures of Holden and Toyota less than 5 months away.    

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AUSTRALIAN STEEL FOR AUSTRALIAN RAILWAYS IS A NO-BRAINER BARNABY

Reports this morning that Australian railways may be built using Australian steel should not come as a surprise. It is just basic common sense.  

Labor would like to see rail lines in Australia built with Australian steel. That’s a no-brainer.

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LABOR CALLS ON MALCOLM TURNBULL TO SUPPORT DAIRY WORKERS

Today, Murray Goulburn has announced that it will close production facilities in Tasmania and Victoria, resulting in the loss of approximately 360 manufacturing jobs.

 

Labor is dismayed by the news of job losses at Murray Goulburn and our thoughts are with the workers, their families, and communities at this difficult time.

 

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SENATE INQUIRY INTO THE STATE OF AUSTRALIA’S RAIL INDUSTRY IN NEWCASTLE

The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee inquiry into the state of Australia’s rail industry will hold a public hearing in Newcastle tomorrow, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Cnr Wharf Road and Merewether Street, from 9am.

 

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NEW CEO OF THE AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL

Labor congratulates Professor Sue Thomas on her appointment as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (ARC).

 

This is a good appointment; Professor Thomas should enjoy the confidence of the research community upon whose voluntary labour the ARC depends on to work effectively.   

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