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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Education Investment Fund

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RADIO INTERVIEW

ABC NEWS RADIO

FRIDAY, 13 JANUARY 2017

SUBJECTS: Education Investment Fund.

SANDY ALOISI: A political brawl is unfolding about whether to pay National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) using a $3.4 billion university infrastructure fund.  The Government last year announced that it would be transferring money from the Education Investment Fund (EIF) to mostly cover a $3.7 billion hole in funding for the NDIS. Now it’s been revealed legislation will be needed to transfer the funding, but it will have to pass a hostile Senate.  The Shadow Science and Research Minister is Kim Carr and he joins us now. Mr Carr good morning to you.  

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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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ABC AM - government procurement rules

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RADIO INTERVIEW

ABC AM

WEDNESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2016

SUBJECTS: government procurement rules.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN:  South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon has won a significant concession from the government to help protect local industry from foreign completion. For years he and the Finance Minister have clashed over how the Government spends its $60 billion annual procurement bill. But the government arguing that giving local business an advantage in bidding for taxpayer funded contracts would damage Australia’s free trade credentials.  Senator Xenophon has now won that argument extracting a stunning philosophical U-turn from the government as a price for his support of the ABCC legislation.  Political reporter Tom Iggulden has more from Canberra.  

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