Australia needs new manufacturing heroes

With technological investment, flexible work arrangements and the right trade agreements, Australian manufacturing can compete globally. But we need local champions to spearhead the transition.

All Australians, but particularly ministers Andrew Robb, Ian Macfarlane and Barnaby Joyce, must appreciate the wider consequence of the dramatic events now taking place in the Bathurst-Orange region. They have considerable significance to what is happening in both the motor and diary industries.

In my first commentary today I set out the dramatic changes taking place (How Coles and Woolworths are revolutionising food processingOctober 31). Here is my take on what we learn.

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