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Transcript of doorstop interview with State Liberal Leader, Steven Marshall, MP: Adelaide: 28 August 2013: Coalition confirms it will massacre manufacturing



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The Hon Christopher Pyne MP Coalition Campaign Spokesman Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training

Tuesday 27 August 2013

Doorstop with State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall MP - Adelaide

Subjects: Negative campaigning; Coalition launch; election costings EO&E………………………………………………………………………………………….

STEVEN MARSHALL:

Today Kevin Rudd has inflicted his second devastating blow on the South Australian economy as part of his quest to win marginal seats around the country. A few weeks ago, of course, he came out and made changes to the Fringe Benefits Tax arrangement in Australia which has had a devastating effect already on new car sales in South Australia. This was a decision he has made without any consultation with the industry, without any consultation with the Premier of South Australia - the Labor Premier of South Australia - Jay Weatherill. It was just policy on the run. And today of course, we’ve seen this pattern continuing with the Prime Minister today coming out and announcing that he’s going to be moving a huge component of the Navy, of the Navy’s presence in Australia to Queensland. Now he’s been out there, spruiking this in Queensland and all the marginal seats up there, saying this will be great because it will be increased work for Queensland contractors involved in the maintenance and sustainment sectors.

That increased work in Queensland is going to come at the detriment to our defence industry here in South Australia. Defence is a major industry in South Australia, employing around 27,000 people. It’s a major industry. Just the maintenance alone, the naval vessels maintenance and sustainment contracts, is worth around $1 billion to South Australia per year. This is a devastating announcement by the Prime Minister today for the people of South Australia, it’s a devastating announcement in regards to jobs here in South Australia.

CHRISTOPHER PYNE:

Well Kevin Rudd has given up on South Australia. Firstly, he hit our economy with the $1.8 billion tax, for the Fringe Benefits Tax increase on the car industry, putting at risk thousands of jobs across our state. And now, he has flagged he is going to hit the defence industry in this state with his thought bubble on moving Garden Island to Queensland.

We know that means for South Australia, a focus on defence industry in Queensland, not in our state. This has been done without consultation. It’s been slammed by the Defence Association of Australia, Neil James. It wasn’t in the white paper released by the government. Steve Smith, the Minister for Defence, has been strangely absent from the debate. But more importantly, where are South Australian Ministers on this issue? Was Penny Wong consulted? Was Don Farrell consulted? Was Kate Ellis consulted? What are their views about hitting South Australian defence jobs right across the metropolitan and country areas? It was first the car industry, now it’s the defence industry, what will be next for Kevin Rudd? Will he now attack the wine industry in our State? Kevin Rudd has given up on South Australia and it’s time that South Australians gave up on Kevin Rudd.

REPORTER:

Christopher [inaudible] why would moving it further north affect what happens in SA?

PYNE:

Well this is another government thought bubble. It’s a Kevin Rudd thought bubble, along with the Northern Territory company tax cut, it’s another bogus idea, like Kevin Rudd is bussing in bogus bowlers in Richmond, a family into a childcare centre yesterday that didn’t have any children in that childcare centre just for the picture opportunities, using actors in the Labor Party television ads and now he’s got a bogus idea to move Garden Island to Queensland. It will affect South Australia because if defence industry focus moves north of the Tweed it means South Australia is yet again being pushed to the back of the queue. Now Kevin Rudd can’t have it both ways. He can’t try and buy votes in Brisbane and also keep votes in Adelaide. South Australians need to know that if they vote Labor they’re going to get an FBT increase on the car industry and that the focus of defence industry spending will be moving north of the Tweed not here in Adelaide.

REPORTER:

In what sense is the spending shifted…do you mean spending on development of new ships or just maintenance?

PYNE:

Well look Steven will answer as well, but if they’re going to spend billions of dollars moving the navy to Brisbane, it’s going to have an impact on South Australia - it has to. There’s only so much in the defence dollar. Steven.

MARSHALL:

Well I just refer to the Prime Minister’s own comments today when he said this was going to be great for Queensland industry because they could be more involved in the sustainment and maintenance of our navy vessels. Well that’s a major industry here in South Australia. It’s not like they’re going to create a whole pile of additional work up there, they’re just going to be taking work from South Australia, where we’ve invested over decades in the most advanced naval shipbuilding but also naval sustainment infrastructure here in this State. And so for that to leave now would be absolutely devastating in terms of jobs, but also as I’ve said we’ve put a lot of state government money into these projects which are now going to be obsolete if naval vessel sustainment and maintenance moves to Queensland.

REPORTER:

Is that what the Prime Minister said? That the maintenance of the AWDs which have been…

MARSHALL:

Well he’s been out there in Queensland today saying this is going to be great for Queensland industry, because there’s going to be a huge number of flow-on benefits in terms of maintenance and sustainment of naval vessels in Queensland. Well that’s going to come at the detriment of the ship building and the sustainment sector that we’ve created here in South Australia.

REPORTER:

So it’s not just shifting Garden Island north. It’s sucking a lot of industry out of SA…

MARSHALL:

Correct, correct.

REPORTER:

You’re not jumping to conclusions there? Have you seen material on how this will affect SA?

MARSHALL:

I think to accuse the Liberal Party of jumping to conclusions, I mean at the end of the day this was as Christopher said, a thought bubble, knee-jerk policy announcement, just like the Prime Minister made in terms of fringe benefits tax. It cuts directly against the announcement that was made in the White Paper last year to support the Fourth Postures statement from the year before’s announcement regarding the location of the naval facilities across the country. 12 days out from an election, 12 days out from an election the Prime Minister thinks he knows better than the considered work done by Navy, done by the Australian defence force over a considerable amount of time. He’s made this announcement, he hasn’t thought this through. He hasn’t spoken to the people of South Australia and this will be devastating for us.

REPORTER:

Wasn’t this a recommendation of the Fourth Postures….?

PYNE:

If I could just add to that. This is a [inaudible] of the chaotic campaign that Kevin Rudd has been running the last three weeks. He goes to Darwin, and announces a major new policy there to cut the company tax rate for the Northern Territory; no thinking of the impact that would have on North Queensland or Western Australia; just another policy on the back of a coaster on the VIP jet flying around Australia. This morning he wakes up, no consultation with Penny Wong, Don Farrell or Kate Ellis and announces a massive new policy, utterly un-costed. When he was asked this morning about the costings for this idea, he, he didn’t need to cost it because it’s beyond the full estimate. Again, just another thought bubble from Kevin Rudd, desperate to try and win a few marginal votes here and there without any thought to the impact of South Australia, or indeed on the Sydney industry which Barry O’Farrell’s covered today.

REPORTER:

You said it’s a thought bubble from the Prime Minister, wasn’t it part of a recommendation from the Fourth Postures review last year?

MARSHALL:

The white paper only came out last year and it made it very clear that there was going to be no, they considered all of the work that had been done previously and the decision was made that the best place to, there was no compelling case to actually move the Navy further north. Well, Prime Minister Rudd has made a decision today that he knows better than that white paper that was released last year.

REPORTER:

Can you, in details put how you see it affect the operations at Techport…

MARSHALL:

Well, can I just say that people at ASC are doing it really tough at the moment already. We’ve had in excess of $20 billion worth of promised expenditure by the Australian Labor party scrapped. This has had a major flow on effect. People in the industry talk about this valley of death which is getting closer and closer and closer. By the time we’ve complete and launch the fourth, sorry the third, [inaudible], there’s going to be a major hiatus in terms of work in South Australia between that ship sliding off the dock and the future submarines contract. This is a real problem for our industry. Sustainment of our naval capability in Australia has really underpinned the viability of the sector during the periods of highs and lows. If that’s going to now move to Queensland, it will have a devastating effect on our industry here in South Australia.

REPORTER:

ASC does the maintenance work on the current site, doesn’t it?

MARSHALL:

Correct.

REPORTER:

Has there been any commitment for ASC to do maintenance work on the [inaudible] or is that up for grabs?

MARSHALL:

I don’t believe that’s been decided at this point of time. Of course in South Australia we would hope that we would win some of that work. We invested heavily in the Tech port facility, in particular the ship lift. So we’d be in an ideal situation, but no commitment has been made today.

REPORTER:

Would that deal with the so called valley of death?

MARSHALL:

No, look. We’re talking about a major ship building capability we’ve got here in South Australia. The government made a whole lot of promises to this sector over an extended period of time. All of those promises, well many of those promises have been broken. $20 billion worth of promises have been scrapped by Labor over the last four years, since 2009. This is now having a massive, devastating flow on effect to our defence industry here in South Australia. They have ramped up their skills and their capabilities to meet the Government’s promises. And when the Government pull that away, the industry is left there with huge costs. And it’s very difficult, it’s not like in other manufacturing or in other sectors where you can basically put someone on one day and remove them the next day. Often, that capability development costs a huge amount of money and takes an extended period of time. Those skills just aren’t readily available in manufacturing and other sectors.

[ENDS]

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