• With a little help from our friends

    Theo Mendez     |      July 12, 2024

    The Albanese government wants Australia to revitalise the manufacturing sector, but that won’t be possible without closer cooperation with our trading partners, not least South Korea.

  • Science is the key to our manufacturing future

    Open Forum     |      April 15, 2024

    The Australian Academy of Science has welcomed the Prime Minister’s intention to legislate a “Future Made in Australia Act” to boost technologically advanced manufacturing in this country.

  • Fashioning the future

    Naoise McDonagh     |      April 13, 2024

    Whatever risks the Albanese government may face in encouraging cutting-edge manufacturing, it has avoided the much greater risk of doing nothing at all in the face of historic global economic change.

  • Making things matters

    Open Forum     |      December 17, 2023

    Australia’s ability to sustain its local manufacturing industry is under threat by a generational loss of crafts and hands-on making expertise, according to a UniSA research report.

  • Behind the wheel

    Brendan Nicholson     |      October 10, 2023

    In a recent interview, former cabinet minister Christopher Pyne recalls the knock on effects on Australia’s manufacturing capacity of the closure of South Australia’s car plants.

  • Australia’s National Reconstruction Fund

    Jarryd Daymond     |      April 4, 2023

    Australia’s federal parliament has approved a A$15 billion National Reconstruction Fund to revitalise the nation’s dwindling manufacturing sector, so here are 3 ways to ensure it works.

  • Labor’s plan to boost post-pandemic manufacturing

    Michelle Grattan     |      March 31, 2021

    The Labor Party has pledged the creation of a $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund to promote manufacturing in Australia’s post pandemic economy.

  • Manufacturing a recovery

    Richard Holden     |      October 19, 2020

    The pandemic has shown the need for Australia to revive its domestic manufacturing sector to reduce reliance on foreign supply chains, but a push for strategic manufacturing should build on existing comparative advantage.

  • Government funding won’t stop manufacturing’s decline

    David Uren     |      October 8, 2020

    The federal government sees the revival of Australian manufacturing as a matter of economic sovereignty, yet the annual national accounts highlight the enormity of the task it confronts.

  • Manufacturing an opportunity from COVID-19

    Open Forum     |      June 23, 2020

    The post-COVID world could offer a golden moment to revive manufacturing in Australia’s cities, rather than continue to turn every industrial site into yet more apartments.