Former federal industry minister and ACTU leader Greg Combet has been appointed to the South Australia Advanced Manufacturing Council.
Combet, who retired from politics after Labor’s September election loss and who held the industry portfolio between December 2011 and July this year, was a welcome addition to the council, according to SA industry minister Tom Kenyon.
"Mr Combet has extensive experience in developing and implementing industry and innovation policy at a national level which positions him to make a significant contribution to the council's work and to SA more broadly," AAP reports Kenyon as saying.
The Council was part of the SA government’s Manufacturing Works policy, a ten-year plan announced a year ago in response to a review by Professor Goran Roos, who currently chairs the Advanced Manufacturing Council.
Kenyon said that, a year on, progress had begun.
"Obviously there are challenges - and there could be more challenges depending on how the Holden negotiations go,” he told the Adelaide Advertiser.
"But we've got the foundation set and now we have a chance to really ramp up."
The Manufacturing Works plan also includes measures such as innovation vouchers and coming up with a pilot for Small Business Innovation Research.
Of Combet’s appointment to the Advanced manufacturing Council, Roos said the former member for the federal seat of Charlton was a “real coup”.