A Future Made in Australia

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A Future Made in Australia

If the global pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that Australia must be a country that makes things. After almost a decade of sending manufacturing offshore and neglecting Australian workers, we’ve seen the consequences: disappearing jobs, missed opportunities, and a nation left exposed when coronavirus hit. Labor and I will change it by rebuilding our proud manufacturing industry.

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Labor's vision:

  1. Labor will deliver a National Rail Manufacturing Plan so our trains are built in Australia, by Australians, for Australians – creating thousands of good jobs.
  2. Our Australian Skills Guarantee to require that one in 10 jobs on major federally-funded infrastructure projects are given to apprentices, trainees or cadets.
  3. Labor's Defence Industry Development Strategy will put Australian workers and Australian security first, using $270 billion worth of defence spending to back local industry and bring more projects onshore.
  4. An Albanese Labor Government will establish the National Reconstruction Fund, investing in our manufacturing capability, diversifying our economy and making Australia self-reliant.

The details:

This global pandemic has exposed the damage the past decade has done to Australian manufacturing. Jobs have been sent offshore, and our country has been left vulnerable and exposed. Labor knows we can do better. We have a plan for a future made in Australia – one that backs the smarts of our people with the good, secure, well-paying jobs that you deserve.

That begins with a national project to repair our training system. The first policy I announced as Labor leader was to create Jobs and Skills Australia, bringing together unions and businesses, governments and industry, to match the training of today with the jobs of tomorrow. We have a shortage of nurses, welders, brick layers, engineers, and hairdressers. But there are 140,000 fewer people doing an apprenticeship or traineeship than there were almost a decade ago. This is a failure of leadership. Labor will equip every Australian with the skills they need for a good, secure job.

I know that talk is cheap. That’s why a Labor Government I lead will lead by example, restoring the importance of our workers and creating an Australian Skills Guarantee. Under our guarantee, one in 10 workers on federally-funded projects will be an apprentice, trainee or cadet. The Federal Government spends billions of taxpayer dollars on building and upgrading roads, maintaining railways, and repairing bridges. We’ll make sure that Australian workers at the start of their careers see the benefits of that investment by giving them a foot in the door.

And we’ll go further. Labor will rebuild our manufacturing workforce by creating a National Rail Manufacturing Plan – making sure our trains are built in Australia, by Australians, for Australians. We’ve seen what happens when governments buy trains from overseas on the cheap. They don’t fit the tracks, they’re not fit for purpose, and it’s our local workers who have to fix them. Labor will put Australians first and guarantee that every dollar of rail funding benefits Australian industry.

We have also announced a Defence Industry Development Strategy. Over the next decade, there is $270 billion of defence spending on the books. We will maximise local content and create local jobs for all defence orders and local defence contracts.

Repair. Restore. Rebuild. That’s Labor’s vision for a future made in Australia – because a future made in Australia means a future for Australian jobs.

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334a Marrickville Road
MARRICKVILLE NSW 2204

Phone: (02) 9564 3588
Fax: (02) 9564 1734
Email: A.Albanese.MP@aph.gov.au

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