Cheap imports? How about no imports?

Australia is fast becoming the country that bought the world. Holden's demise is a reminder that earning export income requires making a product that people want to buy – especially if we want to satisfy our growing taste for imports.

Underlying the debate over whether the Abbott government should have continued to prop up Holden is the growing addiction of Australian consumers to cheap imported goods. Electronics, cars, whitegoods, clothes, footwear – you name it.

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