Over the last thirty years Australia has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs in manufacturing as Labor and the Coalition allowed crucial manufacturing industries to be offshored. The COVID-19 crisis has proved we should never have allowed Australia or Queensland to lose so much of its manufacturing capacity.
It’s time to revive manufacturing in Australia and Queensland. But we can’t leave it up to the private sector. If we want to create the conditions for a thriving manufacturing industry in Australia where everyone enjoys the benefits, we need genuine public investment.
The Greens will:
- Establish a $12 billion fund to invest in new manufacturing and zero-carbon industries
- Establish a publicly owned vaccine manufacturer in Australia capable of manufacturing mRNA vaccines