SUBJECT: FLAMMABLE CLADDING AND THE SENATE INQUIRY INTO NON-CONFORMING BUILDING PRODUCTS

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RADIO INTERVIEW
ABC AM
THURSDAY, 20 JULY 2017

SUBJECT: FLAMMABLE CLADDING AND THE SENATE INQUIRY INTO NON-CONFORMING BUILDING PRODUCTS

INTERVIEWER: It’s been five weeks since London’s Grenfell Tower disaster and slowly the extent of the problem with flammable cladding on buildings in Australia is becoming clearer.

The Queensland Government has confirmed cladding on Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital is combustible. The Prime Minister ordered a national investigation after the Grenfell disaster and a Senate inquiry has been hearing concerns about safety standards in buildings across the country.

Labor Senator Kim Carr is taking part in that inquiry. Senator Carr, good morning.

SENATOR KIM CARR: Good morning.

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LAUNDY FAILS THE FIRE SAFETY TEST

Assistant Industry Minister Craig Laundy claims that the Turnbull Government is working with the states and territories to protect public safety by stamping out non-compliance with National Construction Code.

Evidence presented to hearings of the Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products in the past two weeks overwhelmingly reveals the opposite.

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FARM SAFETY CRITICALLY IMPORTANT

This week is Farm Safety Week and this year’s theme is “Creating a resilient, safe and healthy ag community”.

Sadly, too many critical and life threatening injuries occur on our farms each year.

The impact of these injuries on our farming families and their communities is devastating.

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SUBJECTS: POLITICAL ATTACKS ON SCIENCE, THE FAILURES OF NEOLIBERALISM, WHY AUSTRALIA NEEDS A SPACE AGENCY

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RADIO INTERVIEW WITH LEON COMPTON
ABC TASMANIA
WEDNESDAY, 13 JULY 2017

SUBJECTS: POLITICAL ATTACKS ON SCIENCE, THE FAILURES OF NEOLIBERALISM, WHY AUSTRALIA NEEDS A SPACE AGENCY.

LEON COMPTON: Kim Carr is the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and he is in Launceston today to talk to business and unions about energy supply and prices, among other things. Kim Carr, good morning to you.

SENATOR KIM CARR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR INNOVATION, INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND RESEARCH: And good morning to you.

COMPTON: Kim Carr, let’s start with the science underpinning fluoridisation in water. You represent the scientific fields, the NHMRC is definitive about its health benefits. What does it say about our respect for science in Australia in 2017 that so many people in Queensland can be persuaded that fluoride should be removed from their water?

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LABOR AWAITS DETAIL OF US IMPORT TARIFF DISCUSSIONS

Labor welcomes reports that the US is considering Australia’s request for an exemption from President Trump’s proposed harsh import tariffs – especially for steel and aluminium.

The import tariffs currently under consideration would be crippling for Bluescope Steel Australia which exports up to 400,000 tonnes of steel from Port Kembla to the United States.

This would also have a similar impact on Australia’s aluminium industry.    

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ARRIUM SALE - ALLIANCE

Labor welcomes the announcement of the sale of Arrium to the British GFG Alliance, guaranteeing the continuation of the Australian steel industry at scale and ending 15 months of uncertainty for the workforce and the people of Whyalla.

Labor remains committed to working with the new owners, the Commonwealth and South Australian Governments to ensure the long term future of the company and the Whyalla steel works.

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SUBJECTS: RAIL INDUSTRY, FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING, ENERGY PRICES.

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RADIO INTERVIEW
ABC RADIO CAPRICORNIA
TUESDAY, 4 JULY 2017

SUBJECTS: RAIL INDUSTRY, FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING, ENERGY PRICES.

INTERVIEWER: Labor Senator Kim Carr, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and a Senator from Victoria, addressed Rockhampton rail workers yesterday. And he will meet with leaders of heavy industry in Gladstone.

Mr Carr actually has some history in the region. He attended  high school in Gladstone in the 1960s, his father was a boilermaker so he was probably there for part of the construction [indistinct].

He explained to me his message to Aurizon workers, who are being made redundant by the decision to shut down Rockhampton’s railworks.

SENATOR KIM CARR: Well we are saying that there is no need to have this situation. We can produce the necessary jobs in this country in the rail industry. After all, we have been producing trains in regional Queensland for 150 years.

INTERVIEWER: Aurizon have said that their stopping what they’re doing here.  They’re shifting it other places which are more convenient for them and fits more in line with whatever their strategic objectives are. So while jobs have been lost here, there have been jobs created at Sarina.

 

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SUBS MUST LEAD TO LOCAL JOBS

Another Liberal backflip will see fewer jobs from Australia’s $50 billion Future Submarine Program going to Australian workers.

The Liberals’ promise that 90 per cent of the submarine build will happen in Australia has been contradicted at a Senate hearing this week.

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SCIENCE A CRITICAL INVESTMENT FOR AGRICULTURE

Labor welcomes the release of Grow. Make. Prosper; The Decadal Plan for Australian Agriculture.

The report is the work of the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

As the report points out, it is time to put a greater emphasis on the importance of better communication and collaboration of science, R&D, big data analysis and innovation in the agriculture sector.  

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ARRIUM SALE

Labor welcomes KordaMentha’s announcement today that Newlake Alliance and JB Asset Management with support from the POSCO company has been named as the preferred bidder in the sale process of steel maker Arrium.

The Administrators will move to finalise the sale contract pending approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board.

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