SEA Electric – question on failure to deliver promised jobs to Latrobe Valley

Ms BATH (Eastern Victoria) (13:14): My constituency question is to the Minister for Regional Development. During the 2018 pre-election announcements the Andrews Labor government promised and committed to 500 new SEA Electric jobs in the Latrobe Valley. At the time, the Premier even said, and I quote:

This is 500 manufacturing jobs, 500 new jobs in this proud region, putting together electric vehicles.

However, recent documents released by the ABC under FOI showed the government’s deal was for 300 jobs in the project’s first phase and up to ‘200 additional jobs’ in the second phase, which might not go ahead. What we have also seen under questioning from The Nationals is that to date 59 jobs have been created by SEA Electric. Jobs are vital for our region in a post-COVID time. This is totally in the purview of the Minister for Regional Development. How many Latrobe Valley people have been employed by SEA Electric and how many of these same people have now lost their jobs?