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Your views: on Lib candidates, e-Planning and manufacturing policy

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Today, readers comment on moves to replace an embattled Liberal MP, DPTI management and rebuilding Australian manufacturing.

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Commenting on the story: Libs scour replacement candidate as Duluk waits

How very noble. Sam hasn’t even appeared before the Court to answer the allegations, when the Marshall government has already determined what has been alleged against him.

What double standards are at play here I wonder? – Tom Kelsey

Commenting on the article: Planning tsar sanctioned over management “failure” as department probes leak

Very good article and quite disturbing on a number of levels.

Perhaps both Braxton-Smith and Partridge should have their contracts ended.  They can enjoy each other’s company in Sydney and save the SA taxpayer a small fortune. Matthew Buck

Commenting on the opinion piece: Australia needs an industry policy to guide post-pandemic recovery

Lance Worrall is correct to say “It is true that the COVID crisis has exposed our vulnerability to global supply chains. More profoundly, it has shown that deindustrialisation is synonymous with the deskilling of our economy.”

He is also correct to say that our lack of industry policy was a ‘choice’.

I agree almost entirely with Lance’s analysis, except for the puzzling absence of the 5th key principle, the one that starts with rebuilding our ability as a nation to develop the skilled workers we will need to build the future we aspire to.

The deskilling of our economy came as the result of another choice; the conscious and deliberate choice to open up what had been a world-renowned vocational education and training sector to the ravages of private profit.

Our capacity to meet our own skills needs as a nation has been declining ever since.

While the delivery of training for profit remains a fundamental part of our economy, we will struggle to exploit the opportunities that confront us post COVID-19.

As Kaye Schofield reminds us, ‘skills are not the answer, but there is no answer without skills’! – Ian Curry, National Coordinator – Skills, Training & Apprenticeships Policy, Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union

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