Labor welcomes today’s announcement by General Motors that it will increase its design and engineering staff at Port Melbourne by 150.
This investment is a significant commitment to Australia and recognises that Australia is still a world leader when it comes to automotive design and engineering.
After months of insisting that there is job security at the Osborne shipyards Christopher Pyne has let down South Australia once again as 93 more jobs are set to go from ASC.Read more
A Shorten Labor Government will ensure that public good research will be led by Australia’s world leading research agencies.
Revelations this week – in National Science Week – have uncovered the sham that Malcolm Turnbull and Josh Frydenberg have entered into to justify the unorthodox $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF). This grant effectively sidelines our expert research agencies such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).
A Shorten Labor Government will protect Australian jobs by making it easier for local manufacturing firms to take effective action against the dumping of below cost foreign goods into Australia.
Dumping is cheating and is a particular problem for Australia’s steel industry.
The announcement by the United States of a 25 per cent tariff on imported steel from a number of other countries increases the threat of more steel being dumped in Australia, putting further pressure on an industry already feeling the impact of a glut of foreign steel production.
Labor welcomes the announcement of BAE as the successful tender for the Future Frigates program. This announcement is a significant milestone in this project, which was initiated by the former Labor Government in 2009.
BAE is a world-class partner for Australia to build the next generation of frigates. They have a proud history of delivering capabilities that have helped keep Australia safe, and Labor is sure they will do so with the frigates as well.
Australia needs a National Shipbuilding Plan for civil as well as defence vessels, with a sovereign Australian industry, built by Australian workers according to the final report of the Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry, tabled today.
At a minimum, all vessels procured by the Commonwealth, scientific and research vessels, Federal Police, customs and border protection vessels, and agriculture vessels should comply with the same requirements as naval procurements, devised in the national interest.
Senate Estimates has today revealed that the Turnbull Liberals are preparing to spend $450,000 on a pre by-election advertising campaign to sell the largely unknown Industry Growth Centres initiative.
Officials confirmed the money will be spent by the Department of Industry in the next two months - right before the super Saturday by-elections take place on 28 July.
Today’s announcement of the “National Research Infrastructure Investment Plan” is yet another pre-election stunt by an increasingly desperate government.
It is a promise by a government that is specialising in new frontiers of creative accounting.Read more
Labor welcomes today’s announcement of Dr Megan Clark AC as the inaugural head of the Australian Space Agency.
Dr Clark was a passionate and effective Chief Executive Officer of the CSIRO between 2009 and 2014.
In that role Dr Clark stood firm as a defender of CSIRO and continued to inspire staff at a time when science too often came under attack from people who should have known better.Read more
Malcolm Turnbull’s 2018-19 Budget is a mirage when it comes to investment in science, research and innovation.
Despite lofty claims of billions of dollars, the actual amount of additional spending on science and research initiatives is only $33.9 million in 2018-19.Read more