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Malcolm Turnbull continues to fail South Australia



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SENATOR THE HON STEPHEN CONROY DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

SENATOR KIM CARR

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION, RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY SENATOR FOR VICTORIA

NICK CHAMPION MP

SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR MANUFACTURING MEMBER FOR WAKEFIELD

MALCOLM TURNBULL CONTINUES TO FAIL SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Today’s announcement of a Centre for Defence Industry Capability is a brief reprieve from the unrelenting attacks on South Australian jobs by the Liberal Government.

Yet it will come as no surprise to South Australians that this is nothing more than another sleight of hand by the Abbott-Turnbull Government.

Today’s announcement involves no new money. Overall, some 35 defence industry programs have been cut in order to fund Mr Turnbull’s “new” defence industry announcements.

The CDIC will be funded by resources “redirected from existing Defence industry programs” according to the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement.

At today’s press conference Mr Turnbull, Senator Payne and Mr Pyne again refused to commit to fulfilling the Liberals’ election promise to build 12 submarines in South Australia.

Malcolm Turnbull also refused to fulfil Tony Abbott’s promise to begin the build of the Offshore Patrol Vessels in Adelaide, putting at risk a further 1300 jobs at ASC.

And there was no mention of the 500 new jobs that Tony Abbott promised to deliver as part of a Future Submarine build in the mid-2020s - a date that has now been pushed back by Mr Turnbull by up to a decade.

The Prime Minister must immediately honour the Government’s previous commitments to build 12 submarines in South Australia and to commence the build of the Offshore Patrol Vessels in Adelaide.

Mr Turnbull must also back up his words that every defence dollar possible be spent in Australia by reopening the tender for Navy’s new Supply Ships to allow Australian companies to compete - a tender the Liberal Government has sent offshore.

Labor is also calling on the Prime Minister to commit to a comprehensive plan for the sustainable future of the Australian steel industry leads by example in working with Australian steel manufacturers to maximise the use of Australian steel in government funded infrastructure projects.

Any plan must secure the future of steel manufacturing in Whyalla and include a commitment to working with Arrium, the South Australian Government and the unions to ensure the ongoing viability of the Arrium Steelworks.

Confidence in the South Australian economy has been undermined by continual attacks by the Turnbull Liberal Government on manufacturing and jobs.

Revitalising South Australia’s economy, facilitating a transition to new, growing industries and importantly, lifting the education and skills of South Australians and backing South Australian manufacturing industries is now urgent.

South Australians are sick of waiting for Mr Turnbull to take real action.

TUESDAY, 8 MARCH 2016

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