Bit by bit, the kind of blatant protectionism that Australia moved on from in the early 1990s is being rebuilt -- under different names and more contemporary stylings, but it's returning nonetheless.

Australia never fully abandoned protectionism -- tariffs and behind-the-border barriers remained in many areas of manufacturing and agriculture (you still can't import a second-hand motor vehicle, for example, without paying a punitive tariff) -- but our protectionism of the last two decades has been more a kind of neo-protectionism, under which local industries were supported by taxpayers via subsidies or concessional loans, rather than competitors facing restrictions.