In an address to the National Press Club, Industry Minister Karen Andrews has called for a “return to quality over quantity”, encouraging Australians to buy local to help economic recovery.
As previewed by chief political correspondent David Crowe this morning, Ms Andrews backed the case for using government contracts to support local manufacturers in an economy that can no longer rely on all the supply chains that existed before the crisis.
Ms Andrews praised Australians companies that rushed to make ventilators, masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment to help in the crisis, naming them as proof of the power of government procurement.
Addressing consumers and retail, Ms Andrews said “norms have indeed been disrupted”, predicted a post-COVID world would see “an adjustment of our fast, disposable, retail approach”.
“A return to quality over quantity. This sort of disruption would indeed be a great opportunity for Australian manufacturing to compete on value, not cost.”