The Australian Made Campaign has asked Australians to think about the consequences of their buying decisions before they make them. This advice comes in the wake of the announcement by Toyota that it will cease manufacturing cars in Australia by 2017.
Australian Made Chief Executive, Ian Harrison warns that the exodus of the Australian automotive industry will result in massive transformation and job displacement across the country’s manufacturing and support industries, with the loss to impact generations to come across the entire community.
Industries across the board are under pressure. In addition to the automotive industry, there are companies in all sectors making daily decisions about where to invest their future operations. The dismantling of the auto industry simply exacerbates the impact on the community.
Mr Harrison says that there is an urgent need for all Australians, be they individuals, businesses or government, to think more about the consequences of buying imported products when there are great alternatives available locally.
According to Mr Harrison, every dollar spent on locally made and grown products will have a direct impact on the livelihoods of Australian manufacturers, food processors and growers, and on the standard of living of the wider community.
The Australian Made Campaign is a not-for-profit organisation that administers the green-and-gold Australian Made, Australian Grown logo, Australia’s registered certification trade mark for genuine Australian products and produce.