Defence spending is an expensive form of industry policy. And we're massively increasing it with borrowed money.
Finally free of the Bronwyn Bishop saga, the Abbott government still appeared listless and without purpose this week.
The government's new industry policy is small-scale and will achieve little - and that's not a bad a thing, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.
The BCA's latest economic vision -- its second in a year -- is a return to the sort of thinking discredited in the 1980s, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.
Toyota's decision to leave Australia in 2017 sounds the death knell for Australian manufacturing. Who is to blame?
A genuine policy difference has broken out between the major parties on industry policy -- but the Coalition is probably happy no one noticed.
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.
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.
Demands for government intervention to protect manufacturing and to boost productivity share a common problem of laziness. Past economic lessons have been forgotten.