The reader should be advised that the author of this blog is a died-in-the-wool Liberal Party supporter and this article contains complete bias towards the proposed policies of a future Abbott-led government.

Reference my blog posted earlier today about the unions’ response to job losses in the automotive industry… and compare it to the common sense solutions being put forward by the Liberals. The following extracts come from an article by Senator Sophie Mirabella…

“We will abolish the carbon tax, reduce red tape by $1 billion a year, get government spending under control…”

“We have developed a world class anti-dumping policy that will cut the time and cost of anti-dumping applications and better ensure that foreign products are not dumped into the Australian market at below cost price…”

“The Coalition understands the importance of innovation in a highly competitive global economy. The weakening by the current government of R&D tax incentives for manufacturing will therefore be reversed. The Coalition was bewildered at the abolition of the very successful Commercial Ready programme and its replacement with the inferior Commercialisation Australia model…”

“The Coalition will abolish the Government’s flawed Industry Innovation Councils. We will work, through genuine consultation with Australian businesspeople…we will also ensure that Cooperative Research Centres are appropriately funded to continue their work in creating greater collaboration between researchers and industry.  We will also encourage much closer collaboration between academic researchers and business…”

This is a refreshing attitude compared to what the business world has had to endure under Labor.

A reminder to those cynics out there…the Howard Government presided over the longest industrial expansion in modern history which included the manufacturing sector increasing during 13 of the last 14 months that his government was in power. Between 1996-2007 manufacturing employment remained stable at over one million jobs and wages rose by  21%.  This contrasts with downturns for almost 65% of the Rudd-Gillard era including a decline for every one of the past 11 months. In addition, since the announcement of the carbon tax more than 27,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost and for the first time in decades the number of Australians employed in manufacturing has fallen below one million.