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  1. Asia boom can ‘save Australian manufacturing’
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In , In
     
    Asia's phenomenal growth can be the saviour of Australian manufacturing, says Minister for Trade Dr Craig Emerson.
    Though Australia has become “weighed down” by the high dollar, there are still many opportunities for manufacturers, he says.
    In an opinion piece in The Australian newspaper, Dr... Read More
  2. Steel engineering giant collapses
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
    Steel engineering company RPG Australia, which employs 310 staff, has entered administration.
    Already 154 redundancies have been made at RPG, an Australian-owned heavy steel manufacturing and installation business with four plants in Queensland and South Australia.
    The business is primarily... Read More
  3. 31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
     
    Australia's car industry is being encouraged to shift its parts manufacturing to Thailand. According to an ABC report, a recent forum held by Thailand’s Board of Investment in Melbourne was told low wages and tax breaks mean it is cheaper to make parts in Thailand.
    Sally Vitoorapakorn, the... Read More
  4. Holden can be saved for $150m a year: Carr
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
    Labor's former industry minister Kim Carr says the federal government could save Holden for an extra $150 million per year.
    And Senator Carr told the ABC an extra $300 million a year would secure the entire Australian automotive industry.
    His comments come following reports that Holden is on the... Read More
  5. Coalition to remove ‘shackles’ from industry
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
    A Coalition government has pledged its support for Australia's manufacturing industries by “removing the shackles that are holding the sector back.”
    Launching the Coalition’s manufacturing policy, Mr Abbott said plans to abolish the carbon and mining taxes were at the core of its policies.
    The... Read More
  6. $1bn jobs plan may come at a price
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In , In
     
     
    Prime Minister Gillard … ‘tough but responsible’
    Business and industry groups have expressed concern at the federal government proposal to strip $1 billion in tax concessions from Australia’s biggest companies as part of its new jobs package.
    While the Australian Industry Group welcomed the... Read More
  7. 31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
     
    Businesses in Victoria are struggling with the increased burden of red tape, according to a recent survey by the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI).
    More than 80 per cent of survey respondents said compliance with government regulation is stifling business operations.... Read More
  8. 31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
    SAI Global, a leading standards certifier, is urging employers to evaluate the effectiveness of personal protective equipment for their employees.
    The recommendation comes at a time when many suppliers and retailers continue to offer personal protective equipment (PPE) that fails to meet rigorous... Read More
  9. No free ride for carmakers, says Labor
    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
    Labor has defended its decision to pour an additional $500m into the ailing car industry.
    Industry Minister Kim Carr told the Australian newspaper the new allocation would be performance based and “there would be no handouts.”
    This follows claims by Opposition leader Tony Abbott that the government... Read More
  10. Why you should ‘buy local’ in wake of natural disasters 

    31.08.2010
    31.08.2010
    by      In
     
     
    Ian Harrison … ‘buy local’
    The Australian Made Campaign is appealing to shoppers to look for locally made and grown products and produce in the wake of the recent natural disasters across the eastern states.  
    “The next best thing to providing physical or monetary support is for shoppers to... Read More