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Thursday, 12 November 2015
Page: 8499


Debate resumed on the motion:

That the Senate—

(a) condemns:

(i) the failure of the Government to:

   (A) articulate a comprehensive innovation policy so that Australia has the high skill, high wage jobs of the future, and

   (B) fight for Australian jobs,

(ii) the deliberate and hostile actions of the Government in bringing about the end of Australia's automotive manufacturing sector threatening a further 50 000 jobs directly reliant and the 200 000 jobs that rely on it indirectly, and

(iii) the cowardice of the Government for blaming job losses on workers to distract from its own inaction and lack of any plan to deal with the crisis facing Australian manufacturing due to the strong dollar; and

(b) calls on the Government to immediately outline:

(i) its plans to support the 50 000 Australian workers who have lost their jobs since the election,

(ii) the industries in which it expects these workers to find new jobs, and

(iii) its plans to attract the billions in new investment, new jobs, new skills and new technologies to replace those lost in the automotive sector.