MINISTERS STATEMENTS: Manufacturing Sector

Mr CARROLL
Niddrie

Ministers statements: manufacturing sector

 Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Mr CARROLL (Minister for Industry and Employment) (12:18:55) — I rise to update the house on how the Andrews government is creating manufacturing jobs not just in Melbourne but in regional Victoria. Last Thursday I had the great pleasure of joining another A‑grader on our side of the house, the member for Bendigo West, in Castlemaine to talk about regional jobs and regional manufacturing. Victoria will always be the home of manufacturing. It is a cornerstone of our economy. The numbers speak for themselves: 280 000 people employed across 13 000 businesses, 15 months of consecutive growth and exports over $18 billion.

But it is not just in Melbourne that manufacturing is going strong; it is also in regional Victoria. Twenty per cent of manufacturing is in regional Victoria, and why shouldn’t it be? There is access to raw materials, industrial land and wonderful cities. It is just like when the member and I were in Castlemaine last week to meet with representatives of Vossloh Cogifer, which does all the drilling machines and hard work on our rail network, being well supported by the Minister for Public Transport. With our support they have installed a new computer numerical control milling machine, which is adding 10 more employees.

Most importantly when we talk about jobs, we are talking about strength. We love talking about jobs on this side of the house, but I also see there have been some new jobs created on that side of the house, with David Mond, the new Liberal Party organisational Treasurer, saying, ‘I want to offer my heartfelt congratulations and thanks to Marcus Bastiaan, an outstanding talent and dedicated leader of the team’. I thought the Leader of the Opposition was the leader, but the new Liberal Party Treasurer says it is Marcus Bastiaan.

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER — Order!

Mr Clark — On a point of order, Speaker, the minister is now proceeding to debate the issue and not make a minister’s statement. I ask you to bring him back to compliance with sessional orders.

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER — Order! The member for Gembrook! There is too much noise in the chamber. I uphold the point of order. The minister to come back to making a minister’s statement.

Mr CARROLL — Manufacturing is growing under the Andrews Labor government. As Jane Hume said on Q&A, they just need to work a little harder on their side of the house and they might go somewhere, but while we are busy counting job numbers they are busy counting numbers on the Leader of the Opposition.

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