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Qld Premier’s Export Awards launch at the Tower of Power

I had a great time helping launch the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2019 at 1 William St, a.k.a. the “Tower of Power”, in Brisbane earlier this week. Paul Cooper, Chairman of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, and I spoke … Continue reading

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Nostalgia for the car industry won’t bring it back: domestic market too small, labour costs too high

It is the last day of car manufacturing in Australia today, with the final Holden cars to be manufactured at the soon to be shut Elizabeth plant in SA, as reported in the Courier-Mail. It is awful that thousands of … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, Greg, the protectionists aren’t winning the real race!

Never one to let a chance go by, Centre for Independent Studies founder Greg Lindsay sent out a great email to supporters of his think tank this afternoon following Protectionist’s Melbourne Cup win: What a great day for racing! My … Continue reading

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ABC Brisbane radio interview on Toyota departure

This morning, Steve Austin from 612 ABC Brisbane interviewed me regarding Toyota’s departure and the demise of car manufacturing in Australia: How will Toyota’s departure affect the local economy? I reiterated a number of points I’ve made previously, including in … Continue reading

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New Government should reject car industry begging

Since the late 1940s, Australia has bought itself a car industry, first through very high tariff protection that rose to around 57% by the 1980s, and then through financial assistance that, in part, replaced the benefits of tariff protection to … Continue reading

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