Labor’s National Rail Manufacturing Plan will ensure that more trains are built in Australia by local manufacturing workers and that every dollar of Federal funding spent on rail projects goes towards creating local jobs and protecting our rail industry.
The plan is part of our Future Made in Australia policy and would include:
Over the next two decades significant investment is planned in passenger, freight and light rail infrastructure across Australia, including:
By making sure as much as possible of this investment is spent in Australia, we can help retain the skills and the jobs the sector needs here at home.
Overseas purchases are justified as providing “better value for taxpayers”, but once the products arrive in Australia the problems are revealed. For example, NSW’s Korean-built intercity trains are wider bodied than existing trains and required extensive platform modifications; Queensland Rail’s Next Generation Rolling Stock had to undergo extensive modification at Downer Rail’s workshop in Maryborough.
Only an Albanese Labor Government will rebuild the nation’s manufacturing industry with a comprehensive plan to create jobs, boost vital skills, bring industry expertise back onshore and supercharge national productivity.