20 April, 2016
Labor’s Defence Jobs “Strategy”
after their Defence Technologies Sector Strategy was leaked wholesale to the
media, the Andrews Government has released this document without any fanfare or
demonstrates how ineffectual Daniel Andrews and his Industry Minister – Lily
D’Ambrosio – believe their strategy is.
betrays the total lack of interest by the Andrews Government in Defence
industry job creation.
delayed by several months, the final paper makes no substantial reference to
the Federal Government’s Defence white paper, has no plan for Victoria to
dovetail its defence industry strategy with Federal policy, and fails to set
out a clear vision for attracting major defence contracts to Victoria.
also has no plan for winning Defence contracts from South Australia and New
South Wales, other than appointing New South Welshman and a former South
Australian Government advisor (and Labor mate) Greg Combet to the nebulously
defined role of “sector advocate”.
is also based on figures that a previously leaked internal memo proved were
has used rudimentary economic analysis… to reach the economic value of $4.4–7.9
billion is the upper figure… as precise data is lacking, a range was provided
with that upper figure representing a very broad qualification of what
constitutes the Victorian defence industry”.
hearing in 2015, Lily D’Ambrosio was unable to answer basic questions about
defence industry procurement projects, and her Geelong based Defence
Procurement Office has no KPIs for jobs created or contracts won.
leaves Victoria at a disadvantage compared to South Australia and New South
Wales when competing for defence industry projects and jobs.
to Ryan Smith, Shadow Minister for Industry
“After a year
of dithering by Daniel Andrews, Victoria has missed the boat on defence
D’Ambrosio has rushed to give Labor mate Greg Combet a job, but has no plans to
help Victorians create jobs.”
Andrews releases his defence sector strategy under cover of darkness with no
media announcement, you know even he is embarrassed at how useless it is.”