One of the key policies Labor is preparing to take to the next federal election is focused on reviving manufacturing in Australia as part of critical post-pandemic recovery, according to Shadow Housing Minister Jason Clare.
Leaked details ahead of Labor’s Special Platform Conference – which will go ahead virtually on Tuesday and Wednesday – referenced a $15 billion plan to revive manufacturing.
“We’re going through now still the biggest economic crisis since World War II and in the aftermath of WWII we had to rebuild Australia to be frank we need to do that again now,” Mr Clare said.
He pointed out there had been a dramatic drop in the number of apprentices and in manufacturing throughout the course of the pandemic.
“Half the jobs that have been created in the last 10 years have been in our CBDs … but in the outer suburbs and the regions we’ve seen atrophy, we’ve seen lots of job losses,” he told Sky News.
“What Albo’s talking about here today is a fund to reverse that, to create more jobs.
“If we’re serious about learning the lessons of the last 12 months then we’re going to have to turn that around.”
“We’ve had this conversation before about specialising in areas where we’re better than the rest of the world but also recognizing that there are things that just frankly need to be made here in Australia.”