SENATOR KIM CARR
SHADOW MINISTER FOR INNOVATION, INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND RESEARCH
SENATOR FOR VICTORIA
JASON CLARE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND
MADELEINE KING MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR SMALL BUSINESS
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR RESOURCES
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BRAND
LABOR TO SUPERCHARGE BATTERY METAL MANUFACTURING
A Shorten Labor Government will supercharge Australia’s battery metal manufacturing industry to support Australian manufacturing jobs and our drive to a clean energy future.
Australia is the world’s biggest supplier of lithium and we produce every metal needed to make a lithium battery in Australia.
But we still send most of our battery metals overseas without local manufacturing getting much of the action.
Because of the need to develop capacity to store renewable energy, along with the growth in electric cars, and smart devices the Association of Mining and Exploring Companies estimates that the global Lithium value chain will grow from $160 billion in 2018 to $2 trillion in 2025.
Australia should have a bigger slice of that pie.
There’s no reason why Australian manufacturing workers can’t refine more of our battery metals and also make batteries here.
We can be a country that makes more things.
At the moment there are a few companies investing around Australia to refine battery metals and establish battery manufacturing facilities.
This includes investments like BHP’s nickel refinery and Tianqi’s Lithium processing plant in Kwinana. As well as the Sonnen battery plant in Adelaide and Energy Renaissance’s battery plant planned for Darwin.
We want to support them to take the next step move further down the supply chain.
State and territory Governments like Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory are developing their own battery metal manufacturing strategies.
Federal Labor will partner with these states and territories to support further growth in battery metal processing and battery manufacture.
Labor will supercharge Australia’s battery metal manufacturing industry by getting Austrade to develop a Manufacturing, Export and Investment Strategy - starting with a review of the future of battery metal extraction and advanced processing.
Labor will also make research into battery metal processing and battery manufacture a funding priority for the Australian Research Council (ARC).
This will be further supported by Labor’s $1 billion Australian Manufacturing Future Fund and the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility as well as the new Australian Investment Guarantee.
This implements recommendation 15 from the Federal Government’s Resources 2030 Taskforce report into Australia’s resources industry.
THURSDAY, 4 OCTOBER 2018
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