The Federal Labor Government is proud to stand by the Illawarra, writes Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
THE ILLAWARRA is a great region that stands at a turning point in its proud history.
The impact of Asia’s rise on manufacturing is being felt in regions right across the Western world, as well as here at home in places like the Illawarra, Adelaide and Geelong.
At the same time, Australia is beginning one of its most important economic and environmental reforms as we position ourselves to compete in a world that will favour those nations that move to cleaner energy technologies.Read more
The mining boom is not all good news, especially for other sectors of the economy such as manfacturing, writes CFMEU's Tony Maher.
THE AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY is in danger of being torn apart by the resources boom.
The high prices being paid for our minerals, the unprecedented foreign investment to dig up those minerals and the rising value of the dollar are already reshaping our economy. This is only the beginning.Read more
The Federal Labor Government's reforms to superannuation will help make Australia a better country to live - and retire in - writes Assistant Secretary Bill Shorten.
TWENTY YEARS AGO the Keating Labor government introduced one of the great economic reforms: 9 per cent superannuation for every worker.
It is an idea that keeps on giving. By putting some money into superannuation we build up our capacity to have lifetime income security; comfort and financial wellbeing after working life, not just during it.
Australia is going through unprecedented economic change. This change is driven by our place in the world and the demand for our natural resources. Despite what some say, our economic outlook is one of fundamental strength and resilience. The economic transformation of Asia is bringing tremendous benefits to this region. Our economy is strong. Our mining and resources sector is strong and revenue is flowing from this to both state and federal governments. Our terms of trade are high and the high Australian dollar means that everything from petrol, TVs, T-shirts and overseas holidays are cheaper than they have ever been before.Read more
Alongside coal, steelmaking has dominated the Illawarra economy for the better part of a century. The industrial landscape of Port Kembla continues to define the lives of the people that work and live in its shadow, the people that I represent in the federal electorate of Throsby.
When I left high school in the early eighties, the Steelers NRL team was still running around in the top flight (before merging with St George), and many of my mates took up apprenticeships with the company that sponsored the famous scarlet jersey, BHP Steel.Read more