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Shorten puts on the union schtick for ASC workers, but he doesn’t pull it off

Bill Shorten tried to gee up workers at South Australia’s ASC, but it was a few soundbites with little substance, writes InDaily political reporter Tom Richardson.

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Keane is wrong: we should build subs in Australia

Japan has never exported submarines, and buying off-the-shelf subs could hurt our sovereign capability, writes Professor Goran Roos, chair of Advanced Manufacturing Council.

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Essential: Labor (finally) into the lead — and we don’t care about Schapelle

Labor has moved into the lead for the first time in three years in this week’s Essential Report. It may be because voters are increasingly worried about losing their jobs.

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iSentia index: bushfires, Toyota and drought dominate discussion

Requests for the Coalition to help out a number of Australian industries were strong in the media this past week.

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Essential: voters divided over which industries to assist

Voters are all for industry assistance, this week’s Essential Report finds, but which industries should be assisted depends on which way you vote.

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Amid the climate contention, an energy debate in smelt-down

Recent developments in energy intensive manufacturing illustrate that there’s an awful lot more to worry about when it comes to manufacturing competitiveness than obliterating the carbon tax.

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How Holden conned Australia — and we bought it every time

Holden continually got money out of the Australian government, but there was never a way to save its Australian operations. In Daily journalist Kevin Naughton reveals the con job.

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The freelance economy: iPros rally, but are they getting a fair deal?

As Australia’s manufacturers shut up shop, more and more workers will be going freelance. Henry Belot — himself a freelance writer — looks at what it will mean when we give the boss the flick.

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Essential: we’re warming to the Coalition’s Direct Action approach

With the arrival of the Abbott government, voters appear more disposed toward his climate action policy. But Essential Research finds voters want to be told when the boats arrive.

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What has the Coalition added to the debate?

Crikey readers have their say about Boris Johnson, the Coalition’s car policy and what exactly is meant by the word “Tory”.

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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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One handout too many: General Motors should go back to Detroit

It’s time to end automotive assistance. General Motors’ demand for a wage cut shows this is one industry not worth keeping, say Crikey’s Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Jobs lost, but skills gained: lessons for Ford from Steel City

In three years 1200 Ford employees will lose their jobs. But with careful retraining and a pathway to new skills, they don’t have to lose their livelihoods, writes economist and public servant Alicia Payne.

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Ford closure is overdue and irrelevant to Australian manufacturing

The closure of Ford in Australia, announced today, is overdue and says little other than that a protected company lost touch with consumers. The eventual cessation of taxpayer bribes to Ford to maintain an uncompetitive production line is welcome news.

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The currency wars: how the mighty A$ is quietly shaping politics

The strong A$ is the elephant in the room of Australian politics, although Wayne Swan is now paying more attention to the productivity challenge posed by the currency wars. What can he really do about the gold-plated dollar?

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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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Stop singing those blue-collar blues: manufacturing jobs rise

ABS data shows the dynamics of the Australian workforce are changing — good news at last for manufacturing, but bad news for public servants and construction workers.

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Parts maker Autodom collides into a multi-car pile-up

As car parts marker Autodom collapses, a report suggests car sales figures have been inflated. So why did we continue to pour massive subsidies into the auto industry?

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Ripples from the eurozone depression reaching Australia

Australia is seeing the first impacts of the extended European economic crisis, via Asian manufacturing.

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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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‘Professional services’ joins big league of local employers

While mining continues to expand its workforce, professional services is now becoming a key employer in Australia.

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Whatever happened to the productivity crisis?

Yesterday’s national accounts significantly change our perspective on the “productivity crisis”.

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Getting the long-term retail story right

The real story of what is happening in retail is one of economic reform, but the media are determined to ignore it, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Gillard’s $215m ‘strategic
investment’

It’s not a hand out, Julia Gillard said today about her, well, handout — and those of the Baillieu and Weatherill governments — to US multinational General Motors to keep making cars here until 2022.

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Productivity is complicated — except when it comes to competition

The biggest single brake on Australian productivity is the mining industry, where productivity has declined by more than a quarter in the past two years, an analysis of ABS data reveals.

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