Manufacturing jobs will be at the heart of Labor's attempt to defeat Scott Morrison with a $15 billion plan designed to drive investment in the sector.
Anthony Albanese's pitch to become Australia's prime minister is becoming clearer with federal Labor revealing more policies to coincide with its special platform conference.
Almost 400 delegates on Tuesday met online to change and adopt the party's policy blueprint ahead of the next federal election.
Left faction unions launched a push to force Labor to block enabling legislation on free trade deals that undermine local jobs.
An overwhelming majority of 345 delegates supported calling on Labor to vote in parliament against agreements that don't meet a range of conditions.
Mr Albanese kicked off the event with a speech outlining his plans for a government bank to fund projects which would drive manufacturing jobs.
"Victory over the pandemic followed by victory for those whose sacrifices made it possible," he told delegates.
It would support building trains, cars and ships locally, while also making money available for adding value to mining, like lithium processing for batteries.
Medicines, vaccines and medical devices, defence capabilities and other projects across software, engineering and robotics would also be eligible.
Food and beverage processing would be covered in a bid to make a pitch for regional jobs and support for the agriculture sector.
The conference's opening day was largely devoid of public conflict, with backroom deals avoiding the need for debates on scores of changes to Labor's policy platform.
The Health Workers Union proved an exception with its national secretary Diana Asmar threatening legal action against conference outcomes over delegate numbers.
The HWU's push to lock a future Labor government into not funding private health providers was crushed 352 votes to 22.
Mooted fights on foreign policy didn't eventuate after factional negotiations locked in agreements behind closed doors.
Recognition of a Palestinian state was reinstated to the platform, along with a commitment to recognise a two-state solution with Israel.
A tougher stance on China's human rights abuses was adopted with Labor sharpening its criticism of atrocities against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region.
Labor also expanded its policy platform to pledge more action in tackling violence against women through funding for prevention programs and a rethink of consent laws.
Mr Albanese said his party's values were the right approach to the pandemic and were now perfectly suited to the recovery.
"Let's win the next election and give Australians a government that's on their side, a government that believes in their capacity to build a stronger, more secure nation," the Labor leader said.
Former leader Bill Shorten attacked Mr Morrison as the wrong man to lead the nation, saying Mr Albanese was highlighting the prime minister's flaws.
"He's exposed the hollowness of a prime minister who loves making announcements but pathologically hates being held to account," Mr Shorten said.
Australian Associated Press