Senate debates

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Motions

Rail Industry

3:58 pm

Photo of Lee RhiannonLee Rhiannon (NSW, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senator Carr, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) the NSW government has awarded $4 billion in contracts to build the Intercity and Waratah train fleets overseas, and

  (ii) this decision by the NSW government will impact local rail manufacturers and supply chain businesses, and puts up to 15 000 existing jobs across Australia at risk; and

(b) calls on the Commonwealth and all states to cooperate and strengthen rail manufacturing in Australia by:

  (i) establishing a National Rail Manufacturing Industry Plan to maximise the benefits from the $46 billion investment expected over the next decade,

  (ii) working together to achieve a long-term, sustainable and efficient rail industry that will provide job security for local rail manufacturers,

  (iii) harmonising safety standards that would maximise manufacturing efficiencies, and

  (iv) working with the rail industry to develop Rail Industry Skills Centres at local TAFE and colleges, and ensuring the use of local apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets for at least ten per cent of the total labour hours.

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