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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Labor welcomes the Turnbull Government’s decision not to proceed with a proposal to allow personal importation of new motor vehicles from the United Kingdom and Japan.
The Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Mr Paul Fletcher, announced today that the change would not be included in the Road Vehicle Standards Bill when it is introduced into Parliament later this year.Read more
The Abbott – Turnbull Government must today take responsibility for the damage they have caused to Australia’s climate science capacity; not only tarnishing our international reputation but putting all Australians at unnecessary risk from climate change impacts.Read more
WEDNESDAY, 26 JULY 2017
SUBJECTS: ENERGY CRISIS, ELECTRICITY PRICES, CLEAN ENERGY TARGET, MANUFACTURING.
LISA CHESTERS MP, SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR WORKPLACE RELATIONS, SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA: Thank you all for turning out. I’m very proud to have with me two of our senior Labor Shadow Ministers to talk to the Bendigo Manufacturing Group about manufacturing and the growing energy crisis that we have in our country. I’ll first introduce Mark Butler, who will speak about the energy crisis and what is going on within our regions and he’ll hand to Kim Carr who will speak about manufacturing. We’ll then hand over to the Bendigo Manufacturing Group. Shadow Minister Mark Butler.Read more
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.Read more