NEW MINISTER NEEDS A PLAN FOR JOBS

Labor congratulates Senator Sinodinos on his appointment as the new Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

Senator Sinodinos is the fourth Liberal Minister to take on this important portfolio in less than four years.

If the Turnbull Liberals can ever drag their attention away from their own jobs, they need to get down to devising a real plan for real jobs for Australian workers. 

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VALE DR CAROLYN ALLPORT

It is with sadness that I received news last evening of the passing on Monday of Dr Carolyn Allport, foundation President of the National Tertiary Education Union from 1994 to 2010.

On behalf of Federal Labor, I acknowledge the enormous contribution made by Dr Allport to the labour movement, to higher education and vocational education and training, and to promoting life-changing opportunities for the most marginalised in our society.

Dr Allport was a passionate and effective advocate for women, indigenous Australians and those accessing tertiary education from disadvantaged backgrounds. She also championed the rights of casual academic staff and of non-academic professional staff.

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CHEAP DUMPED STEEL THREATENING AUSTRALIAN JOBS - TURNBULL LIBERALS MISSING IN ACTION

Today’s revelations that Arrium workers' hours are being slashed are a condemnation of the Turnbull Government's unwillingness to back Australian steel production.

Arrium has been facing unprecedented pressure as a result of steel being dumped in the Australian market at artificially low prices. 

Labor has been calling on the Turnbull Government to take action to support Australian steel manufacturing for well over a year, with Bill Shorten writing to Malcolm Turnbull first in October 2015 and then again in February 2016. 

 

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JOYCE MUST GET SERIOUS ABOUT AUSTRALIA'S BIOSECURITY

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce must get serious about keeping Australia safe from current and emerging pests and diseases.

Over the Christmas period prawn farmers were dealing with failings in Australia’s biosecurity system and forced to destroy thousands of prawns claiming that “"It is a big wake-up call to Australia. We have a wonderful country free of most exotic disease and it is such a hardship when it falls on farmers in particular because our livelihoods are in jeopardy."

Sadly, rather than seriously bolstering Australia’s biosecurity, yesterday Barnaby Joyce announced that the Turnbull Government will fund 10 projects through a grant program. 

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LIBERALS HAVE NO PLAN FOR JOBS WHEN HOLDEN CLOSES

GM Holden announced that 20 October 2017 will be the final day of production for motor vehicles in Australia.

While this news was not unexpected, it is still devastating.

Devastating for the workers at Holden, their families and their communities. Devastating for supply chain companies nationwide and the tens of thousands of people they employ who rely on Australian motor vehicle production for their livelihoods. 

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LIBERALS’ EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE CUTS CANNOT BYPASS THE PARLIAMENT

The Turnbull Liberals have today admitted that they will need to pass legislation through the parliament in order to pillage the $3.7 billion Education Investment Fund (EIF) which is meant to fund Australian universities, vocational education, and agencies like the CSIRO.

Investment in science and research infrastructure leads to new discoveries, new technologies and new jobs. 

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SCOTT MORRISON SHOULD USE PC INQUIRY TO PROMOTE MANUFACTURING, INSTEAD OF TALKING IT DOWN

Reports today about the Productivity Commission’s inquiry on the transition of Australia’s regions through the decline of the resources investment boom must not overlook the importance of manufacturing for jobs in regional communities. 

Scott Morrison issued a press release about the inquiry just before Christmas that did not even mention the word ‘manufacturing’, despite the importantance of manufacturing to regional economies. 

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SENATE COMMITTEE CALLS FOR POLICY CHANGE TO SECURE THE FUTURE OF ARRIUM

Today the Senate Economic References committee tabled its interim report into Australia’s steel industry, which calls on the Turnbull Government to take action to secure the future of Arrium and the Whyalla steelworks.    

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JOYCE PLAYING POLITICS WITH SPC JOBS

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce should be ashamed of himself for saying that the National Party is only interested in the jobs of thousands of workers at SPC Ardmona because the Nationals now hold the seat of Murray.

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INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S MILLIONS TO MANAGE ITSELF

The federal industry department is spending almost as much taxpayer money managing itself as it is on supporting Australian industry and jobs.

 

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s Incoming Government Brief to Minister Greg Hunt reveals an extraordinary $156.5 million will be spent in 2016-17 on corporate, ICT and related departmental services, with only $210.8 million on external programs.

 

In place of proper funding, the Liberals have resurrected the failed shared services model of the Howard years and sent millions of taxpayer dollars down the drain in the process.

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