Time for Victoria to take the manufacturing lead

Today's welcome announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that the Federal Government will create a $1.3 billion "Modern Manufacturing Initiative" must be supercharged with a $1 billion Victorian "Bringing Manufacturing Home" fund.

Back in May, the Victorian Liberal Nationals called for the creation of a $1 billion “Bringing Manufacturing Home" fund as part of Victoria's recovery plan. To date, the Andrews Labor Government has refused to adopt this concrete and positive plan to revitalise Victorian manufacturing and create thousands of Victorian jobs.

With the Prime Minister's announcement today, it is even more critical that Victoria is not left behind due to the continued closure of much of Victoria's manufacturing because of the second wave caused by the Andrews Labor Government.

Victoria is a world leader in medical products, food and beverage manufacturing, and we also have world-leading firms in resource technology and defence manufacturing. We mustn't lose these industry clusters and innovation hubs to other states.

Victorians have lost confidence in Daniel Andrews and his government, while the rest of Australia is getting Back to Work and Back in Business, Victoria continues to lag behind.

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Louise Staley:

"The Victorian Liberal Nationals welcome the Federal Government's $1.3 billion "Modern Manufacturing Initiative" and call on Daniel Andrews to turbocharge Victorian manufacturing by adopting our call for a $1 billion Victorian “Bringing Manufacturing Home" fund.

"It is lousy enough Victoria is still losing jobs while the rest of Australia is recovering, but Victoria mustn't also lose out to other states building their manufacturing while we remain locked down due to Labor’s second wave.

“Victoria is already a world leader in several sectors being prioritised by the Prime Minister and a $1 billion “Bringing Manufacturing Home” fund will ensure Victoria remains the preeminent manufacturing state."

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