Quitting the exporting and just focusing on the importing

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Niall Clugston writes: Re. “Aluminium, industry policy and losing our way on reform” (yesterday, item 1). If Bernard Keane really wants to “explain to people in the front line of economic change … exactly what is going on”, he could avoid nonsense such as his reference to the “aluminium smelting industry, which only employs about 5000 people but generates — at least in normal years — $5 billion in exports”.

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4 thoughts on “Quitting the exporting and just focusing on the importing

  1. Gavin Moodie

    How can anyone claim that Australia will ‘exports nothing’ when its balance of payments is either surplus or near surplus? It is precisely because Australia’s mineral exports are earning so much that aluminium smelting is under pressure. In addition, Australia still has strong exports in education, the third biggest export earner after coal and iron ore.

  2. Simon Mansfield

    Leave Richard alone. He’s just giving a comment. One that Labor supporters should take note of.

    Anyway – Lady Jane Grey will most likely be history before the winter solstice.

  3. Niall Clugston

    If you eliminate primary industry Australia will export very little.

    Both coal and iron ore are in the firing line in the “carbon-free” utopia.

    (Steel production uses coal.)

  4. [email protected]

    Just as the Barlow Health Department scandal in Queensland was the final blow to the Bligh Government, the astonishing decision announced today allowing sections of the mining industry to regularly fly in thousands of foreign workers on temporary work permits, will be the final kiss of death to the beleaguered Gillard Government regardless of how effective a negotiator or legislator the Prime Minister may be.

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