Posted on 12. May, 2014 in News

The Napthine Government has failed Victoria’s manufacturing sector again, refusing to detail how many local jobs its infrastructure program will create.

In fact, the 2014 State Budget papers do not contain a single mention of ‘local content’.

Minister for Manufacturing, David Hodgett, appearing before the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC), refused to provide specific Victorian job numbers or ‘local content targets’ that would be created under the Government’s botched transport scheme and other major projects.

Under Denis Napthine, hundreds of jobs are likely to be offshored at the expense of local investment and procurement.

Quotes attributable to Mr Somyurek:

“Denis Napthine can’t guarantee local jobs or local content.”

“Thousands of manufacturing jobs have been lost in Victoria, and Denis Napthine is just making things worse.”

“If you’re a worker under Denis Napthine, you’re on your own.”

Key Facts

• Local manufacturers including Portland based Keppel Prince (in Denis Napthine’s electorate) missed out on 25,000 tonnes of steel work for the Webb Dock expansion. It was won by a multinational, McDonnell Dowell. The work is expected to go to China and Korea.
• Total manufacturing employment fell by 3.2 per cent or 9300 jobs over the 12 month period.

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