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On shore manufacturing the best option

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THE HON DR SHARMAN STONE MP Federal Member for Murray

Wednesday 23 Jan 2013

On shore manufacturing the best option

A new trend is underway in the US. An increasing number of companies are shifting their off shore manufacturing back to America. Federal Member for Murray Dr Sharman Stone says we should do the same.

“USA food manufacturers do have access to subsidies at home, cheap labour, lower energy bills and governments that want to build, not destroy them” Dr Stone said.

“We should not only encourage manufacturing to return to Australia through better policy, we should stop driving what is left off shore. This includes food manufacturing in the Goulburn and Murray Valleys, under pressure from food imports which are cheaper because of our high labour costs, high energy costs, greater regulation and the high dollar.

“Locally manufactured food equals or outstrips its competitors in quality and safety. The industry is a great employer of local people. Imported food may not be made to the same stringent standards, and the jobs are off shore. Labor’s cut in quarantine and customs inspections means you have to be less confident about imports.

“Next time you are in a supermarket, read the labels on the tins and jars and take note of how many are no longer manufactured in Australia, in particular when it comes to home brand products.

“One of the biggest problems for our local manufacturing industry is the new Carbon Tax and the new tax on some refrigerant gases. This makes what we produce even more expensive than other competitors. We have the highest Carbon Tax rate in the world, and this year it is going up” Sharman Stone said.

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