The Australian Industry Group’s (AiGroup) report Energy Shock: No Gas, No Power, No Future shows clearly that the Turnbull Government’s posturing on energy policy ignores the real crisis facing Australian manufacturers and their employees.
AiGroup warn that wholesale electricity prices are doubling, and wholesale gas prices are doubling and may well rise much further.Read more
The Liberals have revealed that they are a ‘do nothing’ government when it comes to using the $57 billion spent on Commonwealth procurement to create local jobs.
Answers to questions on notice from Senate Estimates shows that the numbers of Australian Industry Participation (AIP) plans approved by the Government have plummeted, from 97 in 2012 to zero in 2016.
Senator Sinodinos has today been caught out cruelly misleading auto workers set to lose their jobs when Holden and Toyota close their production lines later this year, telling them that the Liberals’ Growth Fund is there to help them, when in fact the Growth Fund is unable to help workers or companies.
In Senate Question Time today when asked what the Government was doing to help automotive workers when Holden and Toyota close later this year, the Minister said:
“We’ve had a $155 million Growth Fund, of which $100 million has come from the Federal Government…We are taking this very seriously…There’s a lot going on and a lot more that can be done through existing programs.”
Senate Question Time – 8 February 2017Read more
The Australian science and research community has still not recovered 12 months on from the assault that the Turnbull Liberals waged on the CSIRO.
Despite the Government’s rhetoric about the age of innovation and agility, the CSIRO has been subjected to unnecessary upheaval and anxiety with the unexpected announcement that divisions would be reduced and whole areas of research ceasing.Read more
Reports today have shown the double standards of the Turnbull Liberals when it comes to standing up for Australian jobs in the local paper industry.
In November 2016 the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Waters Resources, Senator Anne Rushton, wrote to all MPs calling on them to buy Australian made paper:
“I make such choices in my office, and ensure I only use Australian made paper. If you are not doing so already I encourage you to support such purchases.”
Senator Ruston Letter to MPs and Senators
Today, Toyota Australia announced that 3 October 2017 will be the final day of vehicle production at its Altona plant in Victoria.
Labor’s thoughts are with workers at Toyota, their families and communities, as well as the hundreds of supply chain companies that rely on vehicle production for work.Read more
New evidence out today confirmed the Turnbull Government is asleep at the wheel when it comes to investing in innovation and leading the effort to re-skill Australia’s workforce for the digital economy.
New Microsoft Australia managing director, Steven Worrall, has identified innovation and skills as two areas where Australia must improve. He considers the problem so serious that he pledged to the Australian Financial Review that he would keep the government “honest” on the issue.Read more
It is with particular pleasure that I add my congratulations to Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim on being named the Australian of the Year for 2017.
Professor Mackay-Sim has spent his career in service of others, using his talents to give hope and to bring radical improvements to people afflicted with a wide range of conditions.
His achievements constitute a powerful reminder of the value of fundamental research - and the diverse and often unexpected applications that come from it.
Comments from the new Minister Arthur Sinodinos today are an appalling indictment on the Turnbull Liberal Government’s callous disregard for the livelihoods of thousands of everyday Australians.
In remarks reported by the Australian Financial Review, Senator Sinodinos callously warned Australians not to become nostalgic about dying industries, like car manufacturing, saying that “nothing is forever.”Read more
Labor welcomes today’s announcement that the Andrews Victorian Labor Government has secured a package that will sustain Alcoa’s Portland smelter and the jobs of thousands of Victorians.
The crisis at the Portland smelter has caused a lot of anxiety in the community over the Christmas period and people have rightly been concerned about their jobs.
Following the power outage on 1 December 2016 that threatened the future of the smelter, the Victorian Government has been working with Alcoa, AGL and with the Commonwealth to reach a resolution.Read more