A Shorten Labor Government will ensure that more trains are built in Australia by local manufacturing workers – establishing a National Rail Plan to ensure that every dollar of Federal funding spent on rail projects goes towards creating local jobs and protecting our rail industry.
Australia will spend more on rail in the next decade than on submarines. It’s important to get that investment right.Read more
Labor welcomes the revelations – via a unsourced leak to the ABC – that the Government will act to set up and fund an Australian Space Agency in next week’s budget, to be led by former CSIRO Chief Executive Officer, Megan Clark.
However, Labor is concerned that the Liberals will use the establishment of a space agency as an excuse to engage in marginal seat pork barrelling.Read more
Turnbull should adopt Labor's plan to safeguard local jobs against the threat of trade cheats dumping below-cost steel, aluminium and other goods in Australia.
Labor welcomes the Trade Minister's confirmation today that Australia is permanently exempt from US steel tariffs.
But the real threat to Australian jobs is cheap foreign goods being dumped in our local market.
In May 2017, Labor led the way by announcing that in Government we would establish a four year SMART visa for the best and brightest overseas talent in Science, Medicine, Academia, Research and Technology.
Labor’s new SMART visa would mean the best and brightest talent from around the world would have the opportunity to develop their ideas in Australia – with a pathway to permanent residency for educators, innovators and researchers of a global standing.Read more
A Shorten Labor Government will create an Australian Space Industry Program to promote the development of the Australian space industry.
Labor will invest up to $35 million with additional co-investment coming from industry and university consortiums.Read more
A Shorten Labor Government will create an Australian Investment Guarantee (AIG) that provides accelerated depreciation incentives for new capital equipment investments.
Labor’s new AIG will ensure Australian industry has the support it needs to keep up with global developments and make the investments needed to improve productivity and remain globally competitive.Read more
Labor urges Malcolm Turnbull to call President Trump to lock in exemptions for Australian steel and aluminium from the President’s tariffs announced overnight.
The President has just announced a 25 per cent tariff on steel and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminium imports, but did not disclose whether these new tariffs would apply to Australian steel or aluminium imports.Read more
A Shorten Labor Government will invest $10m to build a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Innovations Centre in Preston to best prepare the students of northern Melbourne for the jobs of the future.
The Centre, based at the Northern College of the Arts and Technology (NCAT) in Preston, will be the first of its kind.Read more
The Turnbull Government has today removed science and industry from the Cabinet.
This is only the second time since 1931 we have a Commonwealth Government that doesn’t have a Minister for Science and on both occasions the position has been cut by a Liberal Government.Read more
The annual report released today by the Chief Economist into the Australian Innovation System reveals an embarrassing story of failure for the Turnbull Government.
That’s why the release of this report had been delayed for several days without explanation and has now been made public on a day that will ensure their failings go unnoticed.
Under this government business investment in research and development has, as the report describes, “declined sharply” falling by 12 per cent – or $2.2 billion – since 2013-14.Read more