Mr DULUK (Waite) (12:11):
I congratulate the member for King again on being positive and thinking about South Australia's future. I love when the Leader of the Opposition comes in here and obviously has to show. He could not even get half of his shadow cabinet to come and listen to his contribution.
Martin Hamilton-Smith, the member for Waite, when he was part of the Labor government, claimed it was because of him that we have submarines in South Australia. He had never actually once met with defence minister Pyne or Payne. He had no seat at the table, and the Labor Party when they were in government had no credibility at this table.
In fact, they had so little credibility that during that whole term of Labor at a federal level when Kevin Rudd was the prime minister and then Julia Gillard was the prime minister and then Kevin Rudd became the prime minister again, not one single offshore patrol vessel was built, not one single submarine contract was entered into, or even designed or conceptualised.
I would really like to know what conversations the member for Cheltenham when he was the premier, or the former member for Waite when he became the Liberal turncoat and supported the Labor government, had with the Rudd-Gillard administration about bringing jobs to South Australia. I will tell you: zero.
An honourable member: She ran the ASC.
Mr DULUK: She did run the ASC. Where was the federal member for Port Adelaide in fighting for when he was sitting around the federal cabinet table fighting for jobs in his own electorate?
Nowhere—nowhere. What we get today from the Leader of the Opposition is nothing more than politics. He is a bit afraid at the moment.
The member for Lee yesterday in his contribution on the productivity commission spoke really well. He got up and spoke off the cuff with very few notes. I reckon he went on for close to two hours and almost took us to the dinner break. It was a very enjoyable contribution that raised a lot of good issues. He actually wants to be the leader of the Labor Party. The Leader of the Opposition comes in and cannot even stay for the rest of the contribution today. He reads off his clipboard notes. It was a very disappointing effort by the new Leader of the Opposition.
Mr Pederick: Or is he?
Mr DULUK: Or is he? Is he really or is it still the godfather himself, Don Farrell, pulling the pins? I don't know.
The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Member for Waite, I will bring you back to the motion, please.
Mr DULUK: Thank you, sir. This is about supporting the member for King's motion, which is absolutely on the ball. We are committed to defence investment in South Australia. That is what the Liberal government is doing. We are working—
The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, member for Light!
Mr DULUK: We are working collaboratively with the federal government for the benefit of South Australia and indeed the nation, because in defence you need a plan. You cannot just whip up a scare campaign as those opposite are trying to do. It is a pretty important industry.
Congratulations to the member for King on talking about some really important issues. A lot of the work she has been doing as the member is looking at that whole skill and trade area. The Marshall Liberal government is committed to supporting local participation in the global supply chains, which is so important in terms of the naval shipbuilding programs. Having government involvement is more than just having photo opportunities, as the former premier and the former minister for defence industries in the previous government used to do. We will provide support to the Australian government and key stakeholders to ensure the expansion of the Osborne Naval Shipbuilding Precinct is a success.
We are seeing the rollout of the offshore patrol vessels and the construction of those vessels in South Australia and the jobs that they will bring. The Leader of the Opposition mentioned the valley of death. We probably all have constituents in our electorates who have worked at ASC or do work at ASC and have been caught up in the valley of death. I have talked in this house a number of times about the importance of jobs and sensible planning. It is not the blame game that is required, but there is no doubt that the lack of firm decision making by previous federal government administrations has actually led to the valley of death. That is an indictment of those opposite who supported the former Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Labor administrations and their lack of decision-making and who were happy to see South Australian jobs go, in particular, to the socialist Kevin Andrews government in Victoria. That government was very keen to poach South Australian naval—
Mr Brown: Daniel Andrews. Kevin Andrews is one of yours.
Mr DULUK: Dan Andrews. I correct the record. If the member for Menzies ever knew that I called him a socialist he would be very upset—the Dan Andrews socialist government. They were hot to trot in that Rudd-Gillard period about taking jobs from South Australia. At that time, minister Combet, a Victorian, was really pushing that agenda. We will not be lectured in this state parliament by those opposite about what we apparently did or did not do in and around defence shipbuilding.
Naval Group Australia, which has been selected as the international design partner for the Future Submarine Program, estimates that 2,800 jobs will be created in South Australia: about 1,100 direct jobs on the build, about 1,700 supply chain jobs, and 270 Australian jobs will be created in the detail, design and production planning activities. Naval Group Australia currently employs approximately 80 staff in SA and aims to double this figure by the end of this year.
Osborne will also be the location for the creation of the Future Frigate Program, which will be a fleet of about nine vessels. Not one future frigate was designed in the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd era. Once again, this led to the valley of death. The supply chain needs time to build up. We are doing that. The Abbott-Turnbull governments have been doing that. The Turnbull government and minister Payne and minister Pyne are working with this Liberal government to ensure future jobs in South Australia in the naval shipbuilding sector.
These programs will transform the South Australian economy. It is expected that, by the mid 2020s, the naval shipbuilding workforce will reach 5,200 members—and that is a great thing. I would like to hear those opposite, including the member for Ramsay when she gets up to make her contribution, actually say that this is a fantastic thing that governments are delivering for the people of South Australia. There will be 1,400 people employed in the outfitting workforce, 1,000 people in the structural workforce, and 3,000 people in management roles.
We have a state defence workforce plan. We took that plan to the election. We are committed to developing a comprehensive defence workforce plan and consulting with industry and the federal government. We will develop this plan by reviewing the existing skills base and local industry. I
commend the minister, the member for Unley, for his work in this area around skills and investing in TAFE and the skills industry and looking at the next five, 10, 15, 20 years as well, in that planning.
We will also support the existing WorkReady scheme to get the right skills required for this new industry and new work. We will fund registered training organisations to provide current and former automotive workers with a formal recognition of prior learning, which will allow the workers to gain new qualifications in the area as well. We are looking at what the skills shortages are at the moment in South Australia and working towards skilling these people up so they can work in this new, exciting defence manufacturing sector.
As part of our plan to create over 20,000 apprenticeships and traineeships in South Australia, 1,200 of those will be created over the next four years. They will be part of our defence industry partnerships. It is our priority to always ensure that we have the right skill mix for our industry.
I once again commend the member the King for her contribution to this debate and know that she is serious in working with the government, both state and federal, and her community to deliver for the people of South Australia.