Manufacturing Australia supports the Federal Government’s emphasis on accelerating and encouraging adoption of low emissions technologies as a core part of Australia’s emissions reduction strategy.
This submission is provided in support of those presented by several large Australian manufacturing companies, including some of Manufacturing Australia’s member companies, primarily in response to the proposed changes set out in Schedule 1 of the Bill. Manufacturing Australia is supportive of the increased integrity and transparency measures set out in Schedules 2 and 3 of the Bill.
MA favours a national approach to emission reduction: one which is based as far as is practicable on market measures, to achieve the lowest cost pathway.
Today manufacturers in Eastern Australia pay, on average, 150 per cent more for gas and 175 per cent more for electricity than they did a decade ago. As a consequence, plants have closed, manufacturing jobs have been lost and Australia has missed investment opportunities by both Australian and international manufacturers.
Manufacturing Australia CEO Ben Eade tells the Australian Energy Week conference in Melbourne: It’s unfortunate that there remains a misconception in Australia’s public debate about energy that big customers and big suppliers have to be at loggerheads about what should be done and are unable to work together; or that the energy strategies of C&I customers are static rather than dynamic and changing; or indeed, that the outlook for customers is wholly dependent on government policy.
MA supports the need for a robust and effective biosecurity system in Australia, for the benefit of all Australians. MA members are willing and active participants in DAWR’s biosecurity agenda, complying with industry best practices and all Australian regulations to monitor, minimise and prevent biosecurity risks in their supply chains. This steadfast commitment is not in question.