South Australia Opposition Leader Steven Marshall
Growing Pressure On Weatherill To Establish Automotive Industry Taskforce
Victor P Taffa
There is growing pressure on Premier Weatherill to establish an Automotive Industry Taskforce in South Australia as a matter of urgency.
Victorian Premier Dennis Napthine has established a ministerial taskforce following Ford’s decision to shut down its manufacturing plant in Victoria.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has also announced that she will hold a crisis meeting to look at the future of the automotive industry, following Ford’s announcement.
“Last month, I called for an Automotive Industry Taskforce to be established in South Australia it’s time for Premier Weatherill to stop playing politics with this issue and adopt this approach.” State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall said.
“The Taskforce would oversee policy and regulatory requirements that affect SA’s advanced manufacturing industry and facilitate the sustainable development and growth of South Australia’s automotive industry.”
“I have committed to establishing an Automotive Industry Taskforce if elected to government next year, but it’s time for Premier Weatherill to put politics to one side and take action now.”
“If Premier Weatherill had established a taskforce when I first called for one in April, it would already be in place now to look at the challenges facing SA’s car industry following Ford’s announcement this week.” Mr. Marshall said.
“The State Liberals offer their bipartisan support for sound initiatives designed to secure the future of automotive jobs and investment. This is an important industry for SA.”
“Manufacturing remains our largest employer and the automotive sector is a crucial component.”
“That’s why we need to adopt a bipartisan approach with this issue to ensure that South Australia maximises the benefits of the advanced manufacturing sector and the motor vehicle industry in particular.” Mr. Marshall said.