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Australian Manufacturing

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

One Nation opposes Globalism and will withdraw from international treaties that harm our manufacturing industry. Our policy is import replacement; we would restructure, tax, banking, finance and training and reduce energy costs and get rid of the carbon tax, to allow our industry to compete on a true level playing field.

One Nation is strongly opposed to the “free trade” economic policies which, over the years, have led to the gradual destruction of the Australian manufacturing industry. With the resulting loss of hundreds of thousands of Australians jobs, there is an increasing dependence on the import of foreign goods to satisfy basic local demands and a deteriorating trade balance creating a massive and rapidly growing foreign debt problem.

The demise of our manufacturing industry has accentuated serious unemployment and financial problems, greatly due to the pursuance of Globalisation. We once manufactured 90% of our daily requirements and exported worldwide our acclaimed products. The mad continuation of these “globalist” policies has now driven us to the brink of financial, economic, Social and moral disaster. Our nation has been subdued from a wealthy and self-sufficient one, to that of a “third world” state, depending on the International Monetary Fund and loans to pay our debts, thereby losing our economic and political sovereignty.

HOW CAN AUSTRALIA START REBUILDING MANUFACTURING?

We must regain control of our energy resources to ensure we have the use of our abundant supplies at prices not inflated with taxes and profiteering. We must buy back our electricity from the foreigners it was sold to without our permission, and stop any further bargain basement sales. The carbon tax is the nail in the coffin for many iconic Australian industries and manufacturing, closing down or going overseas because of escalating energy costs. Low taxes, and energy costs and cheap finance provides the opportunity for our manufacturing industry to prosper one more, and with it, job opportunities, export replacement and reduction in our trade imbalance and debt.

One Nation believes that the federal governments entering into various trade agreements such as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the LIMA Agreement which force local Australian industries and farmers to compete with imports from cheaper manufacturing and producing countries should be abandoned. Since Australia’s living standards, wage rates and other production costs are comparatively high, Australians must prepare to take either a cut in those things or change government.

This can only have one effect, to wipe out the Australian manufacturing and farming industry. That is precisely what their policies have achieved. “Globalisation”. This loss of our manufacturing industry is reducing us to a third wold economy, resulting in loss of jobs and opportunities for our youth. One Nation has warned Australians since 1997 of Globalisation, these fears have sadly been realised with the announcement by the Foreign owned PACIFIC BRANDS who were allowed by blind and inept Government policy to acquire 18 of Australia’s most iconic manufacturing brands, as follows and all without any Government opposition: They are; Berlei, Bonds, Clarks (children’s), Dunlop, Everlast, Grosby, Holeproof, Hush Puppies, King Gee, Mooks, Mossimo, Sheridan, Slazenger, Sleepmaker, Tontine and Yakka.

In June 2013, Simplot a food manufacturing plant in Bathurst and Devonport are finding it hard to survive. Their energy costs have risen 80% and SPC Ardmona said if they did not receive emergency safeguards, more of its jobs would go, because of rising energy costs, and finding it hard to compete with home brand imports.


Other companies moving overseas:

  • The Windsor Farm at Cowra, shut in March, costing 70 jobs
  • Cussons soaps, 75 jobs
  • Harley-Davidson, 212 jobs
  • Bosh 380 jobs
  • Kerry foods, 100 jobs
  • Kresta Blinds, 72 jobs
The devastation continues with Heinz food processing operation moving to New Zealand where it is 50% cheaper to do business. And the well known Australian iconic brands Rosella closed altogether and Golden Circle closed its Northgate facility costing 160 jobs.
In 2011-12 alone, 7,000 food processing jobs disappeared and 355 businesses closed or moved overseas. Since 2008, 110,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost. 

Other food processors and manufacturing companies cutting back are: 

  • Boral 790 jobs gone
  • Goodman Fielder will shut 15 factories, 600 jobs gone
  • Pentair in Western Sydney, 160 jobs gone
  • Amcor 300 jobs gone
  • Blue Scope Steel in Victoria, 170 jobs gone
  • Penrice Soda in SA, 60 jobs gone
  • Norsk Hydro aluminium smelter in Kurri Kurri, Central Coast has closed - 350 jobs gone

HOW TO ASSIST AUSTRALIANS TO BUY AUSTRALIAN MADE

Our labelling laws must be in keeping with the product being sold. Strict guidelines as to the origin of the product, where it is made, and identifying whether produced by an Australian company or foreign. Most Australians find it extremely hard to easily find this information when shopping. One Nation proposes a colour coded labelling system to assist people.

Food processing industries in Australia or Australian companies overseas must label their products with either a Green, Gold or Red sticker that will indicate;

GREEN…….totally Australian, Australian product, Australian owned company, Australian produced
GOLD……….must be either an Australian product or Australian owned company
RED………..totally foreign, foreign product, foreign company

Strategic plans for the manufacturing industry aims to consult business, unions, trade experts and the regions that identify future opportunities and the best means of industry meeting those opportunities. Every attempt must be made to promote agricultural based or related industries that besides arresting rural exodus and stimulating food production activities provide an incentive for the establishment of further natural resource-based industry.

There should be: 
  • Development and strengthening of public, financial and other institutions in order to protect and stimulate industrial development, in particular, the basic rural, small, medium-scale and labour-intensive manufacturing industries. 
  • Fair trade and not free trade, with support to protect our vital manufacturing industries. 
  • Tariffs: If we are to protect our manufacturing from further decline, closure or going offshore then we must re-introduce tariffs. We cannot compete with countries that pay slave wages, under poor working conditions. 
The decline of our manufacturing industry is because of Liberal, National and Labor policies, and international treaties they have signed. A strong economy is one that can feed, produce and provide for its self. Irresponsible governments and politicians are continuing to put us in a position, where we will be at the mercy of the IMF or UN. Our decline will not stop until Australians make a stand and force politicians to stop selling out our country, by replacing them.

 

 

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