Industry minister Greg Combet has defended the level of government support given to automotive makers in Australia, claiming that a Coalition government would cut funding.
The CSIRO has rejected reports that it deceived pharmaceutical company Novartis into buying imported anti-counterfeit material.
Trade minister Craig Emerson has said that Australia would continue to make cars, after Ford’s announcement last week that it would end local production in 2016.
Nick Champion, the federal Labor MP for Wakefield, has called for a temporary 5-10 per cent tariff on imported cars to shield local automotive makers from the effects of the high Australian dollar.
The countdown to NMW 2013 is nearly over, with the May 7-11 event to get underway tomorrow morning at 10 am.
Manufacturers are urging treasurer Wayne Swan to disregard the budget being in deficit and offer relief in the form of a cut to the company tax rate.
The three car makers operating in Australia, Holden, Toyota and Ford, have defended the level of government assistance they receive and said that their sector helps employ a huge number of local jobs.
The debate over subsidies to the automotive sector continues, with opposition leader Tony Abbott yesterday suggesting that he wants to see the country’s car manufacturers’ exports improve.
Shadow federal industry minister Sophie Mirabella has stated that the Coalition aims to assist manufacturers by removing the carbon tax and overhauling the anti-dumping regime.
Cuts to R&D tax credits to some of Australia’s biggest companies will fund a network of innovation precincts, the first of which will be dedicated to manufacturing.
The federal government announced its plan to boost local participation in major projects, funded by a cut in R & D tax concessions to Australia’s biggest companies.
In response to Greg Combet’s piece on this year’s federal election being a referendum on manufacturing, Sophie Mirabella writes exclusively for Manufacturers’ Monthly on what the Coalition would do to help our industry regain its competitive edge.
In our head-to-head series on the upcoming federal election, Greg Combet writes exclusively for Manufacturers’ Monthly on why the September 14 poll date will be referendum on the manufacturing industry.
Opposition industry spokeswoman Sophie Mirabella has claimed that the collapse of Gourmet Food Holdings is further proof that the federal government has failed manufacturers.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard will today announce an Anti-Dumping Commission.
Mike Devereux, chairman of General Motors Holden, has said that the outcome of the next federal election would decide whether or not Australia continued to manufacture cars.