Former federal minister Greg Combet has accepted a job lobbying for Victoria’s defence industry as the state awaits news on the Land 400 program contract.
Former federal MP Greg Combet has quit his role as chair of the South Australian Automotive Transformation Taskforce after two-and-a-half years to work as a defence industry lobbyist.
The former government’s Manufacturing Leaders Group has been abolished.
Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has said the former federal government’s 2012 cash injection to attempt to save the Alcoa Point Henry smelter was merely about trying to “save face”.
Former federal minister Greg Combet has been appointed by the South Australian government to help plan a response to Holden’s departure in 2017.
Former federal industry minister and ACTU leader Greg Combet has been appointed to the South Australia Advanced Manufacturing Council.
According to research conducted by Newspoll, a majority of Australians support government assistance to Australia’s car makers.
The Manufacturing Innovation Precinct is beginning to come together, and is looking for those with a “can-do” attitude to help it be as useful to as many companies as possible. Brent Balinski talked to chairman Albert Goller about what’s behind the program.
Federal industry minister Greg Combet has resigned from his portfolio, citing his support for former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who was beaten in a caucus ballot last night.
The automotive sector’s difficulties have meant that manufacturing policies are a prominent election topic this year.
The board of the Manufacturing Precinct met for the first time on Thursday ahead of next month’s commencement.
The Coalition has rejected Holden’s request for more assistance after the car maker said over the weekend that it would stop manufacturing in Australia without more support.
The effective rate of government assistance to the motor vehicles industry is around 9 per cent, while the rate for manufacturing in general is around 4 per cent.
Industry minister Greg Combet has defended the level of government support given to automotive makers in Australia, claiming that a Coalition government would cut funding.
A summit involving the federal government and representatives for Australia’s three car manufacturers is being held today in Melbourne, in response to Ford’s decision to stop making cars in the country in 2016.
Trade minister Craig Emerson has said that Australia would continue to make cars, after Ford’s announcement last week that it would end local production in 2016.
The Illawarra Region Innovation and Investment Fund, budgeted at $300 million and designed in response to 800 redundancies at BlueScope’s operations in Port Kembla, has been called a failure by some that it was designed to assist.
The three car makers operating in Australia, Holden, Toyota and Ford, have defended the level of government assistance they receive and said that their sector helps employ a huge number of local jobs.
ASIC data has shown company insolvencies for the last 12 months at record highs, with the carbon tax blamed by some for contributing to the number.
Cuts to R&D tax credits to some of Australia’s biggest companies will fund a network of innovation precincts, the first of which will be dedicated to manufacturing.