The LNP is hammering home their plan to unleash the manufacturing industry through a raft of policies to secure jobs and stimulate the economy.
Touring a Townsville steel fabrication company today, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said one element of the LNP’s manufacturing plan was a $20 million Built-in-Queensland fund that will back heavy engineering and manufacturing jobs.
Under Annastacia Palaszczuk 19,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in the last two years in Queensland.
In Townsville, 1400 manufacturing jobs have been lost since last year – 18% of all Townsville manufacturing workers.
“The LNP’s plan for manufacturing will create 20,000 jobs after 19,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost under the Palaszczuk Labor Government,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Manufacturing is front and centre of the LNP’s bold economic plan for Queensland that will create jobs.
“The LNP’s $20 million fund will help Queensland manufacturers market their products in Australia and overseas.
“It will secure jobs in heavy engineering and manufacturing by promoting Queensland-built products.
“I believe the products made in our state are among the best in the world and it’s time to make Built-in-Queensland a global brand.
“Manufacturers will be able to apply and access matching funds from an LNP Government to promote their products.
“Our Built-in-Queensland fund is on top of the LNP’s no-new-tax guarantee and our plan to reduce electricity prices for manufacturing businesses by 20 per cent.
“An LNP Government will also open up new manufacturing opportunities through bold infrastructure projects.
“My vision is for Queensland businesses to manufacture the products needed to deliver projects like the New Bradfield Scheme and a four-lane Bruce Highway.
“Only the LNP has a plan to build a stronger economy and get Queensland working again by creating a decade of secure jobs.”
LNP candidate for Townsville John Hathaway said local manufacturing jobs were disappearing under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
“Too many of our manufacturing jobs have gone interstate or overseas because of Labor’s taxes, red-tape and anti-jobs policies,” Mr Hathaway said.
“The LNP will supercharge manufacturing here in North Queensland to undo the damage caused by five years of Labor’s anti-business agenda.”
LNP candidate for Thuringowa Natalie Marr said the Built in Queensland fund would create new opportunities for manufacturing businesses in North Queensland.
“Businesses will be able to access funds that will help promote their products, whether it’s at an interstate trade show or to an emerging international market,” Ms Marr said.
“The LNP will be loud and proud about Queensland manufacturing and promote it to the world.
“Building more products in Queensland not only secures local jobs, it also reduces our reliance on imported goods.”
LNP candidate for Mundingburra Glenn Doyle said Queensland jobs were being lost because Labor’s priorities were all wrong.
“Unlike Labor, we won’t write cheques for Scottish breweries,” Mr Doyle said.
“The LNP will use Queensland taxpayer’s money to help Queensland firms develop new markets in Australia and overseas as part of the global supply chain.
“We will give manufacturers the support they need to succeed to provide more local jobs and better job security.”
The LNP’s manufacturing plan includes:
- Reduce electricity costs to manufacturing businesses by 20 per cent
- Direct investment to establish new industries
- No new taxes to provide business certainty
- Promote Queensland manufacturing to take our products to the world
- New infrastructure to secure more jobs