Scotty from Marketing trumpets fake manufacturing renaissance

This time via The Guardian:

More natural gas, faster project approvals and lower company tax are critical to achieving “economic sovereignty” and a stronger Australian manufacturing sector, according to the industry minister, Karen Andrews.

Andrews will address the National Press Club on Wednesday, calling on governments to streamline project approvals and foreshadowing a role for the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission to develop Australian manufacturing.

The speech comes after employment and education department officials told the Covid-19 Senate inquiry the commission will take on a greater role in skills development as an element of industry policy.

The commission has a broad remit from unclogging supply chains and ensuring adequate supplies of personal protective equipment to job creation policies. The chair, Nev Power, the former Fortescue Metals chief executive, has spruiked projects like a Narrabri fertiliser plant and the role of gas in Australia’s economic recovery.

According to an advanced copy of the speech, Andrews will say that Australia faces a “long road ahead” and one of the markers for success is “to secure our nation’s economic sovereignty by building an even stronger local manufacturing sector”.

Andrews says Australian manufacturers had stepped up in the crisis, and are now expected to produce more than 200m surgical masks in 2020 when previous estimates suggested it would struggle to make 37m.

The industry minister compares the Morrison government to the manufacturing sector, making a virtue of her government’s “practical approach”.

“While scaffolded by a strong belief system and commitment to Australian values, we are not ideologues.”

Andrews says she was “working to change the fate of Australian manufacturing … long before this global pandemic”.

“Long before this virus laid bare our need to secure economic sovereignty, we have been mapping the way forward and working, with a whole of government approach, to create the conditions for Australian manufacturing to grow.”

Andrews says the building blocks for a manufacturing sector are “both complex and deceptively simple”.

These include: cheaper gas and electricity, a highly skilled workforce, reduced red tape, greater collaboration between research and industry, support to commercialise “good ideas”, improved access to export markets and “lower taxes and a stronger economy”.

Talk about bureaucratic bullshit. None of that is new or helpful:

  • cheaper gas and electricity laugh out loud;
  • the workforce is being dumbed down by international student debasement of the education sector;
  • the rest of it is just hot air.

If you want to repatriate Australian manufacturing you have two choices:

  • either you go all-in on lifting competitiveness via reduced currency, land, labour, energy, tax and every other input cost (all of which ScoMo is explicitly opposed to), or
  • you use selective tariffs on critical supply chains that are not wide enough to lift your currency and become self-defeating.

Scotty from Marketing has taken the third course of pursuing a fake manufacturing renaissance.

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  1. graphicMEMBER

    “Faster project approvals” = ride roughshod over resident amenity and the environment to give developers whatever they want. “Cut red tape” = remove regulation to permit fraud. In practice, it means another boom in corruption and white-collar crime.

  2. “Long before this virus laid bare our need to secure economic sovereignty,”…..maybe I’m naive but shouldn’t the most fundamental role of government be to pursue economic sovereignty and ensure the supply of essential goods/services for the safety of its citizens – especially as we know wars, trade wars and pandemics happen? I find it quite disturbing that this basic role seems to have been ignored time and time again, eg. selling Darwin port, insecure or adequate oil supply, reliance on other countries for critical medical supplies and drugs. Does any part of the Government have a clear responsibility in managing or monitoring our sovereignty and safety? Anyone else concerned?

    • Neotard sociopathy only thinks about the bottom line & how to debauch inputs & frictions for a better bottom line. Sovereignty is an impediment that’s been in onslaught for some time from Multinationals, International laws & devices, & from within. If they could run an economy without people they would! Interesting the economy (money) always comes before society (people)…… They Bernays that people need the economy more than the economy needs people so there’s money flow to milk, clip & tax. Nothing else matters in their view & they didn’t hide under the Duna, they changed laws, goosed the markets, grabbed more power & god only knows what else while we weren’t looking……. But Now while the spotlights shining on this pretty obvious stuff that’s been raised before – they care…….

    • drsmithyMEMBER

      Does any part of the Government have a clear responsibility in managing or monitoring our sovereignty and safety?

      Only if you’re one of those statist commie socialist marxists !

  3. Jumping jack flash

    Lol indeed!

    “a Narrabri fertiliser plant”
    Wow! A whole fertiliser plant?

    “the role of gas in Australia’s economic recovery”
    Prrrrtt…

    The fact is that the government can spruik all it likes, it can unfurl the “Mission Accomplished” banner and parade around in front of it with a marching band and fireworks. The problem is that the government actually does nothing and relies completely on the private sector to do the hard yards and actually build the plants, hire the workers, then pay them, establish the markets, and then supply them, as well as myriad other things that must be done when creating an entirely new sector of the economy from basically scratch.

    Private enterprise isn’t going to touch any of that with a 10-foot pole in this economic environment. Private enterprise will only invest in something that has guaranteed returns, and can generate instant riches. So everyone says its a great idea, runs around thinking that the mythical “someone else” is going to do it, eventually gets fed up, and resumes buying stuff from China.

    Instead, the government needs to grow a lot of things including an entirely new cabinet with some skills, and put all these things into motion themselves, just like what was done back in the late 30’s, early 40’s, to pull a certain country successfully from the jaws of the great depression. These times are not much different at all.

    • The difference is Inept Career Politicians jockeying to please the lobbyists for their board positions when they “Retire” – No ticker or skin in the game.

    • It was clear before Scummo’s miracle win that his team was at best the 2 nds and 3 rds of politics.
      Dan Tehan would not get a game with the Cavendish 2 nds and the potato is still trying to find the tiddlewinks ground between his IPs.

      • Jumping jack flash

        The whole lot of them, with few exceptions, are career politicians with no idea how things work in the real world. None of them could manage anything, nor be bothered how to learn.

  4. – One MAJOR thing that needs to be done is to FORCE property prices down to say 20% of their current values. It will cause A LOT OF pain in the short run but it will clear out all the un-economical investments that have been done in the last say 25 to 30 years. that’s what the economy needs right now (not only in here in Australia but in NZ, Europe and North America as well.

    • Jumping jack flash

      The banks seem to be doing a great job of that themselves.
      I have absolutely no idea why.

      Give it some time. There’s far too much nonproductive debt now, not enough debt growth by far, and certainly not enough productivity, to extract the interest obligation from. There was barely enough debt and productivity before the virus to pay the interest. We got by mainly on employing slaves and stealing their wages, and that was only scraping by. The reduction in living standards was obvious.

      The economy needs to find 100 billion dollars every year to pay just the interest on the nonproductive mortgage debt. That’s not even counting the nonproductive credit card debt’s interest, mortgage principal, and all the rest.

      It is an unfathomably huge amount of money extracted out of the economy every year that could be used for so much more.

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