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Change the conversation on manufacturing in Australia from doom to opportunity

01 Dec 2014

The first meeting of the Parliamentary Friends of Manufacturing was held on the 29th of October in Canberra (aka The Australian Manufacturing Forum)

As a result of this meeting the Government has been quick to act on the discussions. The meeting addressed the issue of the quality of products imported into Australia and the level of compliance that occurs.

The AFA are concerned about quality of imports and the ramifications of products that don't meet Australian standards. The AFA supported the call for the Government to improve the level of compliance imported products should adhere to.

The Government has since released a report called Industry Growth Centres Initiative with this on the agenda

The Australian Furniture Association applauds the Government for establishing this group to enable Australian Manufacturers to have a voice in the future of manufacturing in Australia. The AFA is represented in this group by CEO, Patrizia Torelli.

The Government has also established an online consultation hub which will be open until 12th December. This facility will enable all interested parties to express their views about the implementation phase of this key initiative.

All interested parties are urged to post comments on the consultation hub which can be accessed at

Questions about the consultation hub can also be made by emailing the Department of Industry at

To recap on The Australian Manufacturing Forum meeting and its objectives, it was organised by Senators John Madigan (Vic) and Senator Nick Xenophon (SA), and the group's inaugural meeting heard a speech by Forum founder Peter Roberts.

Roberts told a group of forty MPs and Senators, parliamentary advisers and Forum members that far from being 'dead' Australian manufacturing had much to be proud of.

Roberts went on to say "What we don't have and what we need are national industry policies for this new era of manufacturing."

Senator Madigan told the meeting that it was the first of many planned to give a voice to a sector that employed 950,000 Australians in meaningful, well rewarded jobs.

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