A Better Way for SA
Through investing in people and developing the industries of the future we can create jobs and opportunities for all.
South Australia’s economy is in transition like never before. The Greens are committed to renewing our economy from one that relies on the declining industries of the past to one that embraces new ideas and emerging technologies to create prosperity for the future.
Future jobs growth requires a diverse, innovative and productive economy with an educated and skilled workforce and public investment in science, research and education is crucial to realise this goal. By investing in our education sector SA can become a world leader in the development of future industries like renewable energy production, advanced manufacturing and the IT sector and benefit from the jobs growth that comes with them. The changing nature of our economy means that everyone must be given the opportunity to access high-quality training and development across their working lives. As industries adapt and evolve, it is essential that workers be provided with opportunities for re-training as the nature of their work evolves and changes.
A fair economy should work for all South Australians. The Greens are committed to putting essential services back in public hands; supporting growing service industries like health-care and social assistance; ensuring a strong public sector; investing in the growing renewable energy job sector; and building social housing to spur the creation of jobs in the construction industry and ensure that all South Australians have a place to call home.
The Greens will:
- Aim for 100% renewable energy by 2025, to reduce emissions and provide jobs in renewable energy projects;
- Increase funding for public services to create jobs in essential areas such as health, housing and education;
- Oppose the further privatisation of services such as water electricity, transport, roads, and communication and bring essential government services back into public hands;
- Ensure that all Government programs, investments, resource allocation and procurement includes a Jobs Impact Assessment so we can be sure that the community is getting the maximum number of jobs from public investments;
- Legislate for local procurement policies that prioritise South Australian jobs by ensuring publicly-funded projects source locally-made products and materials wherever possible and encourage business to do the same;
- Support industry development in areas with strong potential for growth in South Australia such as health care and social assistance, education and training, professional and technical services, renewable energy, transport, and advanced manufacturing;
- Support the financing of innovative green industries through initiatives for South Australian industry and researcher leaders to showcase new technologies, services and ideas to investors and other stakeholders;
- Boost funding to science and research to increase local job prospects for South Australian young researchers;
- Support research and development in environmental technologies and advanced industries by investing in public research programs and providing targeted tax incentives for private research and development;
- Establish an independent industry development agency to support innovation, facilitate new business start-ups and work with businesses, workers and their representatives to understand and respond to domestic and international market opportunities;
- Provide support for vulnerable Australians, including Aboriginal people, migrants and refugees, to enable them enter and remain in the workforce;
- Encourage greater work /life balance through programs that address over-employment and enable job sharing and more flexible working arrangements;
- Reduce forced casualisation, underemployment, and insecure forms of work and lead by example through offering secure employment in the public sector;
- Support jobs in the construction industry through building new social housing and improve standards and codes for all new and retrofitted buildings, including building materials, energy and water standards and invest on a large-scale in retrofitting of existing housing stock.