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Restoring Victoria to manufacturing powerhouse with $2.5 billion rebuilding jobs, bringing Manufacturing Home Fund
A vibrant manufacturing sector is critically important to help our state recover and rebuild and Globally, manufacturing is transforming rapidly, and Victoria must keep up.
This Christmas will be tough for the 49,000 Victorians who lost their job in October and for small business owners, like those in hospitality and accommodation, that are still desperately struggling to fill staffing rosters.
Government needs to prioritise restoring business confidence by investing in regional Victoria, particularly after the economic loss inflicted by two years of Labor's lockdowns
Crucial step towards the goal
News this week from the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government of a $103 billion rebound in our national economy is an early Christmas present we all benefit from. But it's a stark contrast to the recent news of the ballooning $162 billion debt hole in the Victorian economy.
Victoria risks being left behind without new, bold ideas to set our state on track to recover and rebuild. The Victorian Liberals and Nationals believe that restoring our state's crown as the nation's manufacturing powerhouse is a crucial step towards this goal.
Priority to recover and rebuild
Three decades ago, manufacturing employment accounted for about 17.2 percent of our state's jobs market. At the end of August 2021, that had sunk to 8.4 per cent. The COVID pandemic is just one contributor to this decline.
Investment in the private sector to assist in job creation is what the Liberal and National parties do best. That is why at this critical time, we will make it a priority to recover and rebuild our manufacturing sector with a $2.5 billion Rebuilding Jobs, Bringing Manufacturing Home Fund.
It will create thousands of jobs, provide huge certainty for our supply chains that are currently lacking and give career choices to young people, particularly those outside of Melbourne with a minimum of $1 billion to be spent in regional Victoria.
Pictures from Business Victoria Facebook page.
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