AMTIL (the Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited) has welcomed the appointment of Scott Morrison as Prime Minister of Australia, while calling for policy certainty following a week of upheaval within the Federal Government.

“AMTIL congratulates Scott Morrison on his elevation to the office of Prime Minister,” said AMTIL CEO Shane Infanti. “The new leadership team’s top priority now must be to restore confidence and certainty for businesses, not least in the manufacturing sector, following the latest round of chaos in Canberra.

“It is particularly disappointing to note that last week’s leadership spill was precipitated by continued government infighting over energy policy. Feedback from AMTIL members confirms that energy costs and supply reliability are among the most pressing challenges facing manufacturing businesses in Australia. Last week’s developments regarding the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) mean the industry is still waiting for any lasting resolution of these issues, prolonging uncertainty over the supply of affordable energy, while undermining investor confidence.

“AMTIL welcomes the swift appointment of Karen Andrews as Minister for Industry, Science & Technology. Minister Andrews previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science and we believe she is well-qualified for her new portfolio. We look forward to working closely with the Minister in support of the advancement of Australian manufacturing.”

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The Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited (AMTIL) is the peak national body that represents the interests of manufacturing technology suppliers and users within the precision engineering and advanced manufacturing sector. Since its establishment in 1999, AMTIL has engaged in a range of initiatives aimed at supporting and promoting the industry in Australia. These include: Austech, Australia’s premier advanced manufacturing and machine tool exhibition; the industry-leading publication AMT Magazine; and an array of other services for its members.