It is the policy of the Australian Country Party that defence manufacturing is transitioned to be performed entirely in Australia.
This would require sensible, reliable investment in local industries to allow them to develop the required capacity and the development of new industries. (The policy would begin immediately with investment in shipbuilding.)
This transition to Australian manufacturing would be accomplished over a period of 25 years and
would include all aerospace and naval manufacturing.
More details will be released at a later date.
The AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY PARTY supports the creation of Australian Heavy Industries in order to increase the number of Australians in skilled, well-paid employment and to improve Australia’s balance of payments and budget positions. Creating a new skills training program for those who have lost their jobs in manufacturing due to the departure of manufacturing companies from our shores will allow anyone who wants a job to be trained, and then employed, on building infrastructure, and reviving our manufacturing sector. This also includes guaranteeing resource security by developing our own refining capabilities.
It is AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY PARTY policy that the Australian Federal and State Governments should cooperate in coordinating the creation of, and work for, Australian Heavy Industries such as:
- Shipbuilding, including defence shipbuilding;
- Railways, including high speed and very high-speed rail;
- Train manufacture, including high-speed trains and very high-speed trains;
- Car manufacturing, especially electric vehicles; and
- Truck manufacturing.
The AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY PARTY opposes the sending of work, jobs and money overseas. Sending work overseas deprives Australians of work, pay and training, while at the same time using Australian tax money to support other countries. This has a double negative effect on Australia’s balance of payments, sending money offshore and at the same time depriving individual Australians of work, training and income.
The AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY PARTY is committed to cooperation between Federal, State and Local Governments in order to coordinate the development of Australian Heavy Industries.