LIBERALS UNDERMINE AUSTRALIA’S RESEARCH SYSTEM

Today’s announcement of an additional measurement of research in Australian universities – the Engagement and Impact Assessment 2018 - demonstrates the ignorance within the Turnbull Government about Australia’s world class research system.

This new research assessment is a confused and contradictory piece of public policy, which will undermine research excellence and can only be designed to appease the most reactionary elements of the right wing of the Liberal party

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LIBERALS’ GRANTS STILL LEAVE MANY AUTO FIRMS IN THE LURCH

The Liberals’ announcement of the first round of Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund recipients lays bare the complete inadequacy of the government’s support for those affected by the shutdown of the automotive industry.

This demonstrates yet again that the Liberals decision to withdraw assistance from automotive plants has left automotive communities in the lurch. 

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TURNBULL AND ABBOTT SEND AUSTRALIAN AUTOMOTIVE JOBS OVERSEAS

Today, 2500 auto workers will lose their jobs as Toyota closes its assembly plant at Altona in Victoria.

On October 20, Holden will shut its Elizabeth plant, with an expected loss of nearly 1000 jobs overseas.

This is a sad day for these thousands of workers and their families, and it's a sad day for Australia.

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NISA FAILS TO DELIVER

The ANAO’s report into the Turnbull Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) has confirmed what Labor has been saying all along: that NISA is innovation-lite.

NISA is nothing more than a collection of piecemeal initiatives that will not prepare Australians for the jobs of the future, and which reveal the government’s complete disregard for manufacturing jobs. 

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A NATIONAL SPACE SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY AGENCY TO CREATE JOBS

A Shorten Labor Government will create an Australian Space Science and Industry Agency to ensure that Australia does not miss out on the opportunities provided by the rapidly growing global space industry.

 

Today’s announcement is the first phase of Labor’s Australian Space Science and Industry Plan.

 

Labor’s Australian Space Science and Industry Agency will be tasked to double the size of the Australian space industry within five years of its establishment – creating 10,000 new high skill, high wage jobs in advanced manufacturing, research, earth observation and space technologies.

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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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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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