Abbott is manufacturing a jobs disaster

Productivity in the digital age is destroying many manufacturing jobs, including in the auto industry. Governments must have a plan to mitigate the rising fallout.

Ten years ago, when I was editor of The Age, hundreds of people gathered in the basement of the old Age building in Spencer Street, in the empty space that was once filled with presses and linotype machines and hundreds of bales of paper, to celebrate the opening of the paper’s new $220 million printing plant at Tullamarine.

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