Carr wants Senate inquiry into manufacturing

Former
industry minister Senator Kim Carr is pushing for a 15-month federal inquiry
into manufacturing job losses.

The inquiry
follows the demise of car manufacturing in Australia – with Holden and Toyota
confirming they would cease manufacturing in Australia since the Coalition took
office in September – and recent high-profile job losses, such as at Alcoa inGeelong.

Fairfax reports that the Greens are likely to support Carr’s movement in the Senate today, which the article calls a “transparent attempt to embarrass the
government into protecting industry jobs”.

The federal
Coalition government’s industry policy was claimed by Labor as a reason for the
surprise South Australian election result over the weekend, with Labor
positioned to retain power, albeit in a minority government.

Federal SA
Liberal minister Chris Pyne said that this was ridiculous.

“The
truth is that Labor again got less than 50 per cent of the vote on a two party
preferred basis,” Pyne said, according to Fairfax.

“I
think it is a sad indictment on the Labor Party that when they’ve had a swing
against them, and they somehow claim that as vindication for very poor
policy.”

The manufacturing
industry in South Australia and Victoria are both subject to reviews, which are
yet to be published, and both economies will suffer large job losses from the
end of automotive assembly.

Carr claims
there has been 5,500 jobs lost in automotive alone since the change of federal
government.

”What we haven’t seen from this government
is any plan to deal with these job losses or transition Australia to the
high-skill, high-tech jobs and industries of the future,” said Carr.  

“They have no science policy, no innovation
policy and no industry policy.”

 

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