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Toyota exit without an industry policy is economic vandalism

Toyota’s decision to leave Australia in 2017 sounds the death knell for Australian manufacturing. Who is to blame?

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Manufactured differences fail to get a look in

A genuine policy difference has broken out between the major parties on industry policy — but the Coalition is probably happy no one noticed.

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Plains, boats and automobiles: differing conceptions of the political middle

The election is revealing what both sides believe is the true nature of middle Australia. Look closer at policies like asylum seekers and parental leave to see what’s really going on.

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Mostly harmless industry policy fits Labor’s broader narrative

The government’s manufacturing policy is better than it might have been. Our man in Canberra reckons it reflects a coherent mix of economic policy and political strategy.

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How we’ve forgotten the economic lessons of the 1990s

Demands for government intervention to protect manufacturing and to boost productivity share a common problem of laziness. Past economic lessons have been forgotten.

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How defence spending ‘contributes to American
prosperity’

Australia defence spending contributes generously to American defence corporations.

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Why state governments need to get out of industry policy

Much damage can be done in the name of industry assistance by state governments.

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Essential: strong support for manufacturing assistance and pokies reform

There’s strong support for mandatory pre-commitment from voters, and they also back handouts for the car industry.

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Does automotive assistance work? We’ll know ‘in future years’

We could better debate manufacturing assistance if we knew what worked and what didn’t. But we can’t, not yet.

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The car industry’s (not so) merry-go-round

It’s only three years since the car industry was last rescued. Meantime, other parts of manufacturing have got on with the job of lifting productivity.

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