Vale Holden: how America’s General Motors sold us the Australian dream

Jack Fahey, La Trobe University General Motors has announced the Holden brand will be “retired” in 2021. This week’s announcement has been a long time coming. The Holden brand has been in a state of terminal decline since General Motors ceased local manufacturing in October 2017. A once-dominant presence in the everyday life of Australians,…

High-tech shortages loom as coronavirus shutdowns hit manufacturers

There are now more than 45,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus dubbed COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, and the disease has caused at least 1,115 deaths. The impact of the virus is now reaching way beyond public health: China is at the heart of global manufacturing, and as supply chains suffer, panic is beginning to set in.

Lactalis Australia to shut Rockhampton site, scale back South Brisbane output due to Queensland milk shortage

Dairy business Lactalis Australia will close its Rockhampton factory at the end of the month and scale back yoghurt production at its South Brisbane site, citing changes to milk supply within Queensland. In a statement, Lactalis said the Rockhampton factory had not been at full production – running only three or four days a week…

Scott Morrison’s gas transition plan is a dangerous road to nowhere

By Tim Baxter, Fellow – Melbourne Law School; Senior Researcher – Climate Council; Associate – Australian-German Climate and Energy College, University of Melbourne As Australia continues to battle horrific bushfires, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a renewed focus on gas-fired electricity to reduce emissions and lower energy prices. This is a dangerous and completely…