Manufacturing jobs to matter in upcoming election, says Xenophon and Calare NXT candidate

Senator Nick Xenophon has visited the electorate of Calare with his party’s candidate, and said local jobs – including in manufacturing – would be important in the upcoming federal election.

The Central Western Daily reports that Xenophon was in Orange alongside NXT candidate Rod Bloomfield yesterday, with both urging that the Elecrtolux factory keep its skills centre after manufacturing ends in April.

Xenophon said this would encourage local entrepreneurs to access local skills, and in retaining these.

“We need to encourage cutting-edge manufacturing to Orange and I don’t understand, for example, why we are manufacturing solar panels offshore,” Bloomfield told the Central Western Daily, adding that the factory would be ideal for making solar panels.

Xenophon, along with independent senator John Madigan, leads the Parliamentary Friends of Manufacturing group. The two have proposed that government procurement use local manufacturers unless there was a good reason not to.

The Electrolux factory is set to close on April 15.