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Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« on: March 29, 2020, 08:27:03 AM »
This crisis has made buying Aussie made more important than ever.If we all did our bit then we can help get our great country up and going again.

We cant afford to let China hold us to ransom again in the future by relying on everything coming in from them.

Take the time to check labels and buy the good with the Australian Made kangaroo logo on them.

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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2020, 08:31:17 AM »
The problem is nothing is made in australia anymore... Its a great idea, just cant see it getting past our overlords.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2020, 08:36:52 AM »
I agree with the buy Australian drive & always do it when I can, but unless the big supermarket chains prioritise Australian goods it's going to be hard.
Next time your in a supermarket have a look at where everything is made. Tuna, muesli bars, cereal, fruit servings & heaps of other products that you would expect to be made here are not.
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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2020, 08:37:18 AM »
The problem is nothing is made in australia anymore... Its a great idea, just cant see it getting past our overlords.
What about food items for a start?
Buy only Aussie food stuffs and leave the china crap on the shelves.
The " overlords" can't dictate to us what we buy so why is that an issue?
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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2020, 08:38:35 AM »
I agree with the buy Australian drive & always do it when I can, but unless the big supermarket chains prioritise Australian goods it's going to be hard.
Next time your in a supermarket have a look at where everything is made. Tuna, muesli bars, cereal, fruit servings & heaps of other products that you would expect to be made here are not.
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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2020, 09:34:35 AM »
I'm on this facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/455372111839513/

The usual lot of extreme w-anchors, but generally some good stuff.

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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2020, 09:55:54 AM »
I agree with the buy Australian drive & always do it when I can, but unless the big supermarket chains prioritise Australian goods it's going to be hard.
Next time your in a supermarket have a look at where everything is made. Tuna, muesli bars, cereal, fruit servings & heaps of other products that you would expect to be made here are not.
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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2020, 09:56:24 AM »
The " overlords" can't dictate to us what we buy so why is that an issue?

No they can't order us to only buy their stuff, but they have a huge influence on what is actually on the shelf :'(
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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2020, 10:45:29 AM »
then you have the other conundrum - made/built/grown in Australia, by a foreign owned company.
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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2020, 10:53:16 AM »
I'm on this facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/455372111839513/

The usual lot of extreme w-anchors, but generally some good stuff.

Just had a quick look - and it seemed much more restrained than I was expecting!

There's some interesting points in there, particularly things like "why can't I get Australian tinned pineapple any longer" and the ilk; a lot of the time it's because they just aren't grown any longer in those areas for any number of reasons. Quite often (in the case of tropical fruits) there's been one too many cylcones through, and that's damaged the plantations. Alternatively, it's a high cost product to grow and harvest but a low value product at sale time; the classic example is the Coffs Banana industry. A lot of the plantations are turning to blueberries as a higher value crop with slightly less labour cost to grow. Going to work well until the next cyclone hits QLD and hammers the banana plantations up there.

Also, there's been a good bit of consolidation in the food supply industry as the big players are buying up smaller ones to maintain (and grow) their market share.

Don't forget Akubra hats use imported rabbit fur now (https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2015-07-08/akubra-to-import-rabbit-fur/6603106)

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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2020, 12:18:00 PM »
What about food items for a start?
Buy only Aussie food stuffs and leave the china crap on the shelves.


Been tried before. Just like Dick Smith foods......you see a jar of peanut butter for $5.50 and next to it a jar for $4.50...which one does 90% of people buy. Price beats home grown every time.
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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2020, 12:44:10 PM »
Quote from: gronk
The horse has already bolted....most aussie companies have either shut up shop or relocated overseas.
sadly thats how I feel.. if it hasnt bolted, its been bought out for nothing by overseas companies and allowed to happen by Gov Co.
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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2020, 01:05:24 PM »
sadly thats how I feel.. if it hasnt bolted, its been bought out for nothing by overseas companies and allowed to happen by Gov Co.

I suppose if you can't buy Australian made maybe at least buy from Australian companies.

As far as groceries go, that rules out Aldi. Not sure about the share register of Coles and Woolworths but a local independent grocer should pass that test.

The beer industry is dominated by overseas companies  (even some of the so-called craft brewers are foreign owned) and what about Scotch whiskey?

It's a noble sentiment but sadly  a bit late in the game.         

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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2020, 01:12:45 PM »
Been tried before. Just like Dick Smith foods......you see a jar of peanut butter for $5.50 and next to it a jar for $4.50...which one does 90% of people buy. Price beats home grown every time.
The horse has already bolted....most aussie companies have either shut up shop or relocated overseas.

That is dead right.  How many Australians would be willing to take pay cuts  so as the average wage is $45,000 a year?  Our labour costs are just so expensive.  Plus all our best food is sent overseas. The seafood available to us is way too expensive....fishing licences cost an arm and leg...maybe if govt cut the licence fees to 10% and said that all fish to be sold in Aus!..Sounds good but govt takes a huge tax hit. Most of our rice and wheat is sent overseas as well. Live meat trade should be halted asap. Apart from the shocking treatment of our cattle we are also building up asians cattle industry.  No manufacturing..once again our labour costs are too high. Its great living at a decent standard compared to many countries but we pay the price.  Globalisation , hopefully, will take a hit and if ever we get a govt that is really interested in the country and its people then one day we will look after our farmers, workers, disadvantaged and each other a whole lot better. Capitalism isnt working and maybe, just maybe, after this virus runs its course we might see a better way of doing things and prioritise what is of most importance to us as a country..

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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2020, 01:20:06 PM »
Well then.

Seems like most of you have just given up on Australia. :-X
Wonder how many of the knockers sit behind their keyboards and whinge about China buying up large parcels of land and Aussie businesses?

Do what ever you like well. >:(
Just trying to  help get the country going again  :-\
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« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2020, 01:23:13 PM »
Asparagus at one of the big ones is from Mexico of all places when they can't get it in Oz.

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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2020, 01:40:40 PM »
I suppose if you can't buy Australian made maybe at least buy from Australian companies.

       

Like 30 years ago, cheap overseas electrical components/gadgets by the king of making a quick buck, Dick Smith.

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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2020, 01:50:17 PM »
40 years ago the argument was against the Japanese!!  Nothing will change, unfortunately...Money is the deciding factor... People only pay what they can afford.  There is a lot of Chinese stuff on the narket...most of it sold by Australian citizens..
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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2020, 01:54:54 PM »
I suppose if you can't buy Australian made maybe at least buy from Australian companies.

As far as groceries go, that rules out Aldi. Not sure about the share register of Coles and Woolworths but a local independent grocer should pass that test.

The beer industry is dominated by overseas companies  (even some of the so-called craft brewers are foreign owned) and what about Scotch whiskey?

It's a noble sentiment but sadly  a bit late in the game.         

Besides the fact that I enjoy it, it's one of the reasons I drink Coopers. It's still family owned.

There are still a few areas where buying Australian isn't all that difficult, really.
We should be looking at restarting somewhere. If the horse has bolted, then shut the bloody gate and buy another horse!
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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2020, 01:57:50 PM »
Capitalism isnt working and maybe, just maybe, after this virus runs its course we might see a better way of doing things and prioritise what is of most importance to us as a country..

capitalism isn't working??  capitalism/free market is the reason we have a chance in problems like this...

socialism is the answer?

righto...  do you honestly think anyone other than the elites and the super-rich would have a chance at anything in a socialist economy?

maybe check in with the people of Venezuela and get their thoughts on whether they would prefer capitalism over their current socialist regime...

https://economics21.org/how-socialism-destroyed-venezuela



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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2020, 02:03:19 PM »
I don’t disagree that we should try to buy Australian Made but I think people seriously over estimate the amount of food that we buy from China.

As for the rest of our stuff, yep plenty of cheap, consumable stuff is made in China... but we export far more to them than they export to us.

As for retailers they simply sell what we buy!


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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2020, 02:37:48 PM »
things like "why can't I get Australian tinned pineapple any longer"

Just had a look, & Golden Circle is still labelled Product of Australia.

As we all know, what that actually means is anyone's guess! ::) >:(
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« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2020, 02:42:22 PM »
Well then.

Seems like most of you have just given up on Australia. :-X
Wonder how many of the knockers sit behind their keyboards and whinge about China buying up large parcels of land and Aussie businesses?

Do what ever you like well. >:(
Just trying to  help get the country going again  :-\

Not at all, Mark!

Agree with you entirely, but ... :'(

I think that we'd all like to buy Oz-made, but how much days is ???

We complain about losing manufacturing, but lot's of us drive Japanese, Korean & so on cars - sure, maybe there's no Oz-made option, but we all vote with our wallets as to what we're going to buy.
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Re: Australian Made from now on, who's in?
« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2020, 03:30:15 PM »
it's one of the reasons I drink Coopers.

Sorry mate, gotta draw the line somewhere.  :cheers: