Victorian opposition leader Daniel Andrews has said that governments needed to play a bigger role in supporting local manufacturing and skills during a visit to Ballarat.
Local paper The Courier reports that Andrews blamed the state Coalition government for not considering international pressures and uncertainty affecting the industry.
“When it comes to supporting manufacturing, jobs and skills, trying to play your part, there are things the government can do,” said Andrews, claiming local procurement was needed to help local businesses.
He added that investing in skills was also necessary, criticising 2012 cuts made to TAFE by his state’s government.
“Now’s not the time to making it harder for people to get skills, now’s not the time to make it harder for people to have options,” he said.