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Korea’s ‘free trade’ commitment to keep Australians out

Australia’s “free trade agreement” with South Korea establishes a remarkable disparity between Koreans working in Australia and Australians working in Korea.

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Manning: we all hope for an Aussie submarine

There are reasons Australia should build submarines — and they are not all to do with cost.

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Toyota decision should herald the immediate end of car tariffs

The decision by Toyota to end manufacturing in Australia means there is no further rationale for our remaining car tariffs. The government should immediately dump them.

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Shuttering Holden won’t cost underinvesting GM much

The small losses General Motors will take on closing Holden reflect how little it has invested in local production, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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New GM boss unlikely to change her mind on Australian closure

The new CEO of General Motors is unlikely to reverse the company’s reported decision to close its Australian operations — she’s the one who made it, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Qantas, Holden and learning to make tough decisions

Making tough decisions is an important skill for governments. This one hasn’t had the best start in dealing with Qantas and Holden.

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Labor’s car pitch a poor fit with its economic story

Labor giving yet more money to the parasites of Detroit and Tokyo subtly undermines its otherwise sound campaign pitch, that the economy needs support.

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Who’s afraid of Ford’s closure? It was logical and no bad thing

In the context of its struggling global operations, Ford’s decision to shut up shop in Australia is logical. And recent economic history tells us it will have few repercussions, say Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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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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Drive off: it’s time to stop inflicting economic damage on Australia

Handouts to the automotive sector hurt Australia and, if not abolished, should at least opened up to the rest of the manufacturing sector.

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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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Customs plan dumps us back in the 1960s

A move by Customs to impose anti-dumping duties is a return to the bad old days of Australian protectionism. It’s inflationary and will distort policymaking.

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Essential: we’re mad for manufacturing protectionism

There’s surprising unanimity among voters about the need for government support for manufacturing, polling from Essential Report shows.

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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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Albanese’s shipping tax fiddle a taxpayer rort

Government’s growing enthusiasm for handouts is on display, with Anthony Albanese releasing draft legislation to give the Australian shipping industry $62 million in annual tax benefits and concessions. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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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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The real price of television protectionism

Commercial television broadcasters receive hundreds of millions of dollars of benefits from government each year, and no one’s debating why.

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Call the undertaker: economic reform is dead

Serious economic reform has not merely lost momentum in Australia, it’s dead. It’s time to look back on 30 years of reform — and work out what killed it.

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Is the jobs forum a summit in search of a problem?

Employers and unions are unlikely to have much of a dialogue at the jobs forum in a few weeks.

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Protectionism’s bad, but what’s the alternative?

Crikey readers have their say.

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The return of protectionism: the gang’s all here

Protectionism is alive and well and has strong allies in the public policy arena.

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Steel industry nabs $60,000 of taxpayer money per job

Under the cover of the carbon pricing scheme, Labor has reverted to old-fashioned protectionism with massive handouts to the steel industry.

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Garnaut’s ‘in for a penny, in for a quid’ approach to reform

Ross Garnaut figures if you’re undertaking a major reform you may as well do as much as possible.

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There’ll never be a better time for a carbon price

Saying you support a carbon price but not if it costs any jobs is nonsensical. The point of a carbon price is change.

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Count Carl Gustav Wachmeister wants to cut your lunch

Australia faces a growing “food security” problem, we’re told by politicians and industry. Except, we’re not - it’s just old-fashioned protectionism on the march.

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