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Australian Manufacturing and Government Policy

It’s been almost a year since the Coalition came to power, so let’s review what actions and policies have affected Australian Manufacturing. During the 2013 election campaign, the Coalitions pointed out 5 pillars of the economy, one being Manufacturing. Ian MacFarlane, was sworn in as the Minister for Industry on September 18th, 2013. About 4 months before that, Ford announced they were shutting shop…

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What Does The Carbon Tax Repeal Bill Mean for Manufacturing?

The Carbon Tax has been repealed in the Federal Senate, so with the tax gone, marked at about $24 per tonne of carbon, how much will Australian businesses and manufacturers save and what will happen to the renewable energy sector. Most larger companies would have entered into electricity contracts that were either carbon inclusive or carbon exclusive. Many retailers were offering very attractive carbon…

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Going, Going, Gone…

Toyota, Australia’s ‘last’ Automaker announces it will pull up stumps in 2017. In May, 2013 Ford announced its plans to offshore their manufacturing, then in December, Holden announced similar plans and now Toyota completes the hat trick in under 10 months, the last of the Automakers have all announced they will be closing their manufacturing plants citing similar reasons,…

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Victorian Government Shifts Focus To Defence

With $27B Worth of Defence Contracts Up For Grabs, Is the Victorian Government Giving Up On Manufacturing? As Car Manufacturing leaves our state over he next few years and SPCA’s considering a similar decision, the Victorian Government has signalled towards defence as their focus for manufacturing. Defence is lucrative and not subject to the same market forces as food processing…

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Who Gives a Frack?

Coal Seam Gas said to Benefit Manufacturing in Victoria by Lowering Gas Prices. There’s a lot of health concerns about CSG affecting water tables but with an abundance of resources, energy prices being so high, big players lobbying and the need to create jobs can you blame people for wanting the industry in Victoria. The Victorian government have delayed…

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Autodesk Clean Tech Program: Sustainable Designs for Tomorrow

Get $150,000 of software for $50, Workshops to Learn how to do sustainable design & engineering and understand key concepts, Sustainable business practices and Nonprofit donated software are some of the offerings Autodesk provide under their Clean Tech Program being driven by the design-led revolution. Clean Tech Innovators can apply for the $150k Clean Tech Grant Here and get Software for Digital…

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Carbon Tax Repeal Bill Gets Through Lower House

Australia one step closer to being carbon tax free Today the House of Representatives have voted in favour of the carbon tax repeal bill. Controversially, the speaker ruled against Labour amendment proposals where they wanted the bill to have an ETS, saying they didn’t have the power to move the amendments. Most vocal were Labours Tony Burke, Anthony Albanese…

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Caterpillar Underground Mining moving from Tasmania to Thailand

The Tasmanian Manufacturing Landscape CAT are moving their operations to Thailand and I’ve heard that the Tassie operation is their most expensive to run, so does it come as a big surprise when many companies on the mainland are moving their operations offshore to stay competitive. They say orders are down significantly, so why will moving to Thailand increase…

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