PM in Gladstone to spruik new mining industry plan
PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd visited Gladstone on Monday morning to launch Labor's mining innovation partnership.
Mr Rudd was at Gladstone Area Group Apprentices Ltd to spruik the partnership, which he said would ensure a strong future for Australia's mining, equipment, technology and services sector.
"With the China mining investment boom winding down, Australia needs to build a modern and diverse economy that forges new industries and new jobs," Mr Rudd said.
"This sector contributes 2.7% to the Australian economy and is one of Australia's largest export and fastest growing sectors.
"To capitalise on the global opportunities for the sector, the industry must support emerging firms to diversify and tap into international markets.
"This is what the METS Innovation Partnership will achieve, working with industry leading firms, world class researchers and innovative Australian SMEs."
The partnership will promote the internationalisation of Australian services and products, giving Australian firms better opportunities to win new work in global value chains and markets.
It will receive funding of up to $16 million to 2016-17, to be matched by industry and research partners.
Mr Rudd again said Coalition leader Tony Abbott would institute the same kinds of public service job and spending cuts across Australia as Queensland Premier Campbell Newman had done in Queensland.
He also fielded questions about the latest opinion polls, saying he had received advice that 15 per cent of voters were still undecided.
"This when the people start to lock on. They lock on to questions of jobs and their jobs," he said.