The end of protectionism

From the 70s, the Fletcher Jones company had been a leader in their field through the adoption of new technologies to improve efficiencies.   During the 1980s, the government started to dismantle the protectionist tariff system & local manufacturing in Australia began to decline rapidly.  Fletcher Jones, despite, their best attempts to continue to improve efficiencies, could not compete with cheaper imports from China where the cost of labour was far less.  

By 1991, the Hawke-Keating government had scrapped the protective tariffs and FJs closed their local manufacturing operations and shifted to offshore sourcing. 

 

Bob Hawke and Paul Keating. Photo:Google commons

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