RICHARD MARLES MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY
SHADOW MINISTER FOR NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION, EMPLOYMENT, SKILLS AND SMALL BUSINESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SCIENCE
MEMBER FOR CORIO
SENATOR KATY GALLAGHER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR FINANCE
SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE
CHAIR OF THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON COVID-19
LABOR SENATOR FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
ED HUSIC MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY & INNOVATION
MEMBER FOR CHIFLEY
MORRISON-JOYCE GOVERNMENT BACK LABOR’S BUY AUSTRALIAN PLAN
After nine years in office and on the eve of the election, the Morrison-Joyce Government have finally woken up to the fact that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) aren’t getting their fair share of government contracts.
The Federal Government has spent around $190 billion on government contracts over the last three financial years.
Government procurement policy is a major economic lever that could drive the economic recovery from COVID-19 and open opportunities for local businesses.
That’s why a future Albanese Labor Government announced a comprehensive Buy Australian Plan last year.
Five months later, it seems the Morrison-Joyce Government have done a copy/paste job on Labor’s policy.
After nine years in office, the Government has conveniently adopted Labor’s plan to maximise opportunities for Aussie businesses a minute to midnight before the election.
If the Government is canvassing further policy ideas to back Australian business including SMEs, they could rip off Labor’s plan to create a Future Made in Australia Office or establish a Secure Australian Jobs Code.
But like so much with this government, they’re not serious about backing local industry.
They’re only serious about saving their own jobs.
WEDNESDAY, 30 MARCH 2022