Good morning, early birds. Latest Newspoll confirms, whatever Turnbull's selling, the public isn't buying it. Plus, Australia prepares for (trade) war over Donald Trump's surprise metal tariffs. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.
One of Australia's most important industries is a quiet blood bank for other, lazier industries propped up by politicians.
If you're a foreign company targeted under Australia's protectionist anti-dumping laws, be prepared to settle in and wait. The bureaucracy responsible for protectionism likes to take it time, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.
Malcolm Turnbull likes to preach free trade at summits, but is a fierce protectionist back home.
No one wants to buy Barbies (or computers). Plus other business tidbits of the day.
Labor's hastily assembled steel policy is a silly resort to pseudo-protectionism and bureaucracy for an industry that should be allowed to compete or die.
A "thoroughly liberal" government faces an acute problem in our heavily protected steel industry, right before an election that could be determined in the manufacturing states of South Australia and Victoria.