UNPRODUCTIVE DAY AT THE OFFICE AS MINISTER DALLA-RIVA TRIPS UP THREE TIMES

Posted on 28. Feb, 2012 in News

1. MINISTER FOR MANUFACTURING CANNOT DEFINE PRODUCTIVITY

The Minister for Manufacturing in the Baillieu Government, Mr Richard Dalla-Riva has been unable to define what productivity is in State Parliament today, despite spruiking productivity as the answer to the state’s manufacturing woes, the Shadow Minister Adem Somyurek said today.

“The Minister waxed lyrical in Question Time about how increasing productivity was a panacea for manufacturing and even dared to accuse the Opposition of not understanding productivity,” he said.

“Yet when given the opportunity to explain to the House and to Victorian manufacturers what he actually means by productivity, the Minister was unable to provide even a working definition.

“He said, and I quote, that ‘productivity can mean a whole range of things’ yet he was unable to name them.

“This is despite the fact that in the Government’s own manufacturing statement released in December last year the word ‘productivity’ is used fifty times, including five times in the Minister’s own one-page message.

“Yet here we have a Minister for Manufacturing, responsible for devising and implementing vital policies for one of Victoria’s key industry sectors and he does not even know what productivity is,” Mr Somyurek said.

2. $80 MILLION CUT TO VICTORIAN MANUFACTURING ON THE CARDS

Mr Somyurek said the Minister also refused to commit to continuing the same dollar level of support for local manufacturers that they had received under the previous Labor State Government.

“The Minister was asked in Question Time if the five nebulous policy directions of the Baillieu Government would ensure that manufacturers would receive at least the same level of funding as in previous governments and he refused to give that guarantee,” he said.

“What this foreshadows is an $80 million budget cut to manufacturing, as I feared after the axing of all 32 industry support programs that were previously in place.

“At the very time that Victorian manufacturers are under more pressure than ever with our high Australian dollar, the Baillieu government slashes all support programs and refuses to commit funding to assist local industries to continue,” he said.

3. NO PLAN TO ASSIST AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES

Mr Somyurek said Minister Dalla-Riva was also asked in Question Time what support the State Government would provide to the local automotive industry, particular to car component manufacturers who would be adversely affected by the 350 job losses at Toyota.

“Unfortunately, the Minister was again unable to provide an answer to the question that was asked of him. Despite talking up the need for greater productivity, which we already know the Minister is unable to define, he had nothing of substance to say to Victoria’s manufacturers that are doing it tough.

“What was confirmed by his convoluted answer was that this Government has no plan to assist the automotive industry in its hour of need.

“The manufacturing industry in Victoria needs leadership and a clear vision but instead what we have from this Minister is a jumble of meaningless words that signify no help for the manufacturing industry,” Mr Somyurek said.

“The Minister stated in Parliament that ‘productivity is a broad spectrum’ and I defy anyone to make some sense out of that.

“This is a Minister clearly out of his depth and this lack of competence means that Victorian manufacturing is being placed at risk by a government with no direction, no plan for the car industry and no clue about what to do.

“Productivity is what this Minister is lacking and it bodes poorly for manufacturers in this state.”

 

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