THURSDAY, OCT 1
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says bolstering Australia’s local manufacturing industry will not only help with the economic recovery from the pandemic, but also provide opportunities for business on a global scale.
Speaking at the National Press Club, Mr Morrison said the Government’s newly-announced strategy would focus on industries Australia was already doing well in and “emerging priorities”.
The strategy will see more than a billion dollars put towards strengthening supply lines for essential goods and helping manufacturers upscale their businesses.
“Long gone are the days of trying to compete with labour-intensive, low-cost manufacturing economies,” he said.
“Gone too are any pretentions of protectionism as a viable strategy for domestic manufacturing, that’s not where our future is.
“Manufacturing in Australia today has been transformed and will continue to transform.”
Mr Morrison said under the strategy, the goal for Australia’s manufacturing industry was for it to be even more productive, collaborative and highly skilled.
He said it provided opportunities for job creation at all levels from labour to research and design.
The intention is to aim for global success by building on our strengths while also taking advantage of the country’s comparatively strong position amid the pandemic.
But we have to be savvy about it.
“The reality is we cannot, and should not, seek to reach global scale in a large number of sectors,” the Prime Minister said.
“We can’t be all things to all people.
“This is an important lesson from other small and I’d say medium-size, high-income economics like ours which have leveraged home-ground manufacturing into global success.
“The lesson [is], don’t try to do everything.”
Businesses close to the border between New South Wales and Queensland are rejoicing today at the prospect of getting back to normal and shaking off the “shackles” of border restrictions.
Five more council areas have been added to the border bubble including Byron Shire, Ballina Shire, City of Lismore, Richmond Valley Council, Glen Innes Shire as well as the following border postcodes: 2880, 2840, 2839, 2838, 2834, 2833, 2406, 2405, 2409, 2410, 2361, 2372, 2476, 2474, 2484, 2489, 2488, 2484, 2486
The rest of NSW is still listed as a hot spot.
Queenslanders also need to fill out a Border Declaration Pass to get back home.
Builders, hotels and other accommodation providers are rushing to catch-up, with many reporting the loss of many millions of dollars because of tight border restrictions and curbs on movement between the two states.
A schoolgirl died after a head lice infestation so severe it triggered a heart attack as her parents are charged with murder, news.com reports.
Kaitlyn Yozviak, 12, from Macon in Georgia, US, developed anaemia caused by repeated bites over three years which led to the fatal cardiac arrest, The Sun in the UK said
Her parents Mary Katherine Horton, 37, and Joey Yozviak, 38, have been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree child cruelty over the tragic death.
Kaitlyn was so swarmed by lice that agents from Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said it was the worst case they had ever seen.
The 12-year-old had not bathed for a week before she died and was forced to live in a filthy room with vermin swarming over her mattress, stuffed animals and furniture.
Experts said her condition was so horrific she would have been left living in constant agony.
However, her autopsy results are not yet complete, the GBI said.
Medical records show Kaitlyn died from cardiac arrest with a secondary cause being severe anaemia, Special Agent Ryan Hilton told Wilkinson County Superior Court.
He said he believed repeated bites from the lice lowered her blood iron levels, which likely caused the anaemia, and may have triggered the cardiac attack.
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