Back to All News

Motion: Support for Local Rail Industry

Lee Rhiannon 8 Feb 2018

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:58): I, and also on behalf of Senator Carr, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the New South Wales (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 10% of the total labour hours.


The PRESIDENT: The question is that motion no. 687 be agreed to.

The Senate divided. [16:05]

The President—Senator Ryan

Ayes ......................32
Noes ......................23


Back to All News