Posted by: Gregoryno6 | May 24, 2020

Make Australia Make Again.

Back in the 80s the question being asked was ‘Why bother manufacturing in Australia?’ Today, when just about everything in Australia except Australians carries the label MADE IN CHINA, we know the answer.

Prior to WW2 Australia had a small but robust manufacturing sector. We had to make stuff for ourselves – the alternative was to wait until it arrived from overseas. And that was a bloody long wait back in those days.

So we manufactured to meet our own needs. After the war however we climbed on to the sheep’s back. Wool, minerals and wheat were going to be the eternal source of our prosperity. Bit by bit, our manufacturing sector disappeared.

An article by Greg Beaurup in The Australian (link at bottom) highlights a few of the people that are sparking Australian manufacturing back into life. Surprisingly we have a couple of world leaders in recycling. Real recycling – not just the ‘put the right thing in the right bin’ local council stuff. Professor Veena Sahajwalla, for example, created Green Steel: old tyres and plastics are used in the steelmaking process, provided the necessary carbon instead of coking coal.

Beaurup makes the point that neglecting our manufacturing for a few decades does give us an advantage. We can start almost from scratch with new technologies – new methods of production. We can rebuild it. We have the technology.

I present the article here with no respect for paywalls. It’s quite long, so make yourself a cup of tea – maybe a pot.


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