Buy Australian wherever possible

Posted by Allan Whiting

In 2017, for the first time in its automotive history, Australia will not be able to produce a motor car.

Yes, we know that several truck makers claim 'Australian manufacture' but all the major mechanical components for these vehicles are imported.

However, Australia still makes many automotive parts and it's vital if we want keep any component manufacturing ability alive in this country we have to buy these items whenever possible.

In the case of 4WDs there are many opportunities to 'buy Australian' when shopping for accessories: ute trays, bars, snorkels, racks and wheels are obvious items. Also, there are Australian-made service items  - filters, springs, shock absorbers, brake pads and rotors - that meet or exceed original equipment manufacturers' standards.

Can we suggest you get into the habit of checking the origin of parts and components and buying local whrever possible, to help keep our Australian industries alive.

Individuals acting in unison can make a difference, as buyers of SPC Ardmona canned fruit proved, driving sales up 50-percent overnight.

Other countries are home-conscious when it comes to buying products. Check out the YouTube video called Million American Jobs Project and substitute 'Australia' whever you hear 'America'.

No more Australian-made vehicles

Posted by Allan Whiting

It's a sad day, but it was always going to happen. Globalisation dictates that production goes to the cheapest labour and infrastructure regions, and to those whose currency is virtually tied to the US dollar. Australia doesn't comply with any of these criteria.

On top of that, vehicle makers around the world are aggregating into fewer, larger organisations and that means excess production capacity.

In the New Order of world business a country of 22 million that's thousands of kilometres from major markets doesn't qualify to have any manufacturing businesses and that's where Australia is headed, if market forces are allowed to prevail: manufacturing oblivion.

We'll just become the 'mine of the world' and when iron ore demand falls away and coal burning is replaced by fusion reaction, we'll be broke.

The only way that situation can be changed is through goverment action. Australia's adoption of a 'level playing field' without protection for local businesses is theoretically efficient, but ignores the fact that in this respect we're on our own.

Other countries have various forms of protection for their own interests - by export subsidies or tariffs on imports - and if we don't reintroduce protection there'll be nothing left.