A Shorten Labor Government will better protect Australians in their homes and workplaces by improving fire safety in buildings, including:
· The establishment of a national licencing scheme for all building practitioners, with requirements for continued professional development.
· A new penalties regime for all building practitioners who breach the National Construction Code.
· The re-establishment of the Minister for Industry – not the Assistant Minister – as the Chair of the Building Ministers’ Forum.Read more
Labor is deeply disturbed that the Turnbull Liberals will not back Labor’s plan to protect Australians in their homes and workplaces by banning the importation of highly flammable polyethylene (PE) cladding.
Assistant Minister Laundy has refused the advice of the fire authorities and building industry to prevent this product entering the Australian market. Labor, however, has listened and will impose a ban as matter of urgency upon taking office.Read more
The Turnbull Government must commit to banning the importation of highly flammable polyethylene (PE) cladding to protect Australians in their homes and workplaces.
If Mr Turnbull fails to act, a Shorten Labor Government will impose a ban as matter of urgency upon taking office.
Malcolm Turnbull has the perfect opportunity to gain the states’ support on banning the importation of PE aluminium composite panels when the Building Ministers’ Forum meets tomorrow.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more