House debates

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Questions without Notice

Manufacturing Industry

3:00 pm

Photo of Angus TaylorAngus Taylor (Hume, Liberal Party, Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction) Share this | Hansard source

That builds on the more than $925 million of dollars of funding that we have committed to specific initiatives under the Modern Manufacturing Strategy—investments that are driving new manufacturing activity, jobs and investment across this great country; investments that are critical to producing the materials we need where we need them and when we need them.

The space sector is one of our national manufacturing priorities; it offers enormous opportunity for Australia. We use it every day here in Australia, navigating in our cars, using our phones. Our farmers use it to guide their headers and their tractors and to monitor their crops, and emergency workers use it as well to do their work every day. We are making significant investment in the space manufacturing sector, including $20 million to establish the Australian space manufacturing hub in South Australia, which will create 1,300 jobs. We are also investing alongside Gilmour Space Technologies on the Gold coast. It's a local manufacturer using cutting-edge, world-beating technology, and they're expecting to get their first commercial payload into orbit later this year. I was with them on the Gold Coast just last week. We are investing $52 million alongside them, and it's expected to create 850 jobs, including 350 jobs for local engineers and tradies. As was said by the CEO and founder Adam Gilmour—we saw his brother, James, as well—the space industry has asked for help from the federal government, and the federal government has responded. That is fantastic. Projects like this are how we drive a stronger economy, a stronger future for this country and stronger Australian manufacturing at its core.


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