Manufacturing ‘too hard’ to fix for Government, Warburton says

Manufacturing industry stalwart Dick Warburton says the Australian Government dumped the industry and its problems in the 'too hard' basket.

Warburton, the head of Manufacturing Australia, has said that the current Labor Government has ignored the issues damaging the industry, such as the carbon tax and industrial relations, according to The Australian Financial Review.

He went on to say that there is no strong advocate for the industry with in the government.

"For this particular government these issues are too hard….we need strong leadership, but if anything smells of controversy unfortunately both side runaway," he said.

"There is just no courageous leadership in this area at the moment."

According to Warburton "Australian manufacturing is fighting multiple fires on multiple fronts and is beset by multiple challenges. None of these are insurmountable, but cumulatively, they’re formidable".

Warburton also called for the resurrection of the Australian Manufacturing Council, and for the government to institute some of the tax reforms recommended by the Henry Tax Review.