Australia has research, manufacturing and assembly capacity in buses, trucks, and rail, all of which is looking at electrification and alternative fuels like hydrogen as part of the transport future. This industrial capability, plus our world-class tertiary institutions, will be the basis of an electric vehicle industry and reducing emissions.
Labor will also ensure that the system-wide regulatory and safety measures needed to support electrification of the transport fleet will be taken.
The Liberals’ record on vehicle manufacturing is nothing but destruction. They drove the major vehicle production companies offshore, costing thousands of workers their jobs and resulting in the closure of Australian firms.
A Shorten Labor Government will work with industry, state governments and the research sector to create jobs with a $57 million electric vehicle innovation and manufacturing strategy, integrated with Labor’s $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Future Fund and Labor’s Australian Investment Guarantee.
Labor’s plan will support research and development, manufacturing, assembly and retrofitting capability in all forms of electric land transport vehicles, ensuring that Australia has a global role as a research and development centre and extending our manufacturing capabilities in all vehicles deploying electric technology and hydrogen, battery manufacturing and charging infrastructure.
Labor’s plan includes:
This election is a choice between Labor’s plans for the electric vehicle manufacturing industry, and the Liberals’ record of destroying jobs in manufacturing and plans to deliver bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town.
After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready to deliver a fair go for all Australians