The myth of infrastructure spending – it is just not happening

Analysis by Peter Roberts You could be forgiven for thinking that federal and state governments have massively boosted investment in infrastructure projects to help Australia move through the Covid-19 related recession. There are seemingly daily mutterings from Canberra of big spending, coming soon…but apparently not actually coming at all. New figures from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia,…

AMWU calls for industry assistance as 61,000 jobs lost

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) has called for immediate assistance to manufacturers as more than 61,000 manufacturing jobs were lost over the June quarter. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics labour accounts the number of full time jobs in manufacturing shrank from 941,000 in March to 880,000 in June. Underutilisation of workers –…

AMF member stranded in Europe – where is the help from the government?

A long-time member of the Australian Manufacturing Forum is stranded in Europe and desperate to return to manage their business in Australia – but government travel restrictions on returning to Australia have not been exactly helpful, as the latest airline ticket cancellation (pictured) suggests. This is the story so far, by an AMF member. I…