A NATIONAL rail manufacturing plan has formed one element of the opposition's response to Tuesday's federal budget.
Labor politicians including Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters say the plan will benefit central Victorian rail manufacturing and engineering businesses.
The Bendigo Advertiser is seeking more details about specific plans to contract with central Victorian manufacturing businesses.
Labor has touted the plan as creating up to 659 full time jobs, creating a rolling stock export industry and boosting the Gross Domestic Product by up to $5 billion.
The party has pointed to Bendigo Railway Workshops, Hofmann Engineering in North Bendigo, Vossloh Cogifer in Castlemaine as businesses working likely to benefit.
It has not committed to specific contracts with these businesses.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said if elected his government would establish an Office of National Rail Industry Coordination to undertake a national audit of trains.
Mr Albanese said his government would reinstate the Rail Supplier Advocate and establish a Rail Industry Innovation Council.
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