HOT on the heels of General Motors Holden’s decision to quit manufacturing in Australia, consumers are being urged to buy local or face losing more jobs.
In a statement, Australian Made Campaign chief executive Ian Harrison said it was disappointing that consumers in Australia seemed not to understand there were consequences when they elected to buy imported products.
Mr Harrison said Holden’s announcement on Wednesday that it would close its Australian manufacturing facilities in 2017 was just another in a long line of decisions by companies in Australia to import rather than manufacture locally.
He pointed to Heinz, Pacific Brands and Electrolux (refrigerators) as recent examples from other sectors.
“Continuing on this trajectory will have dire consequences for Australian industry, Australian jobs and Australian communities,” Mr Harrison said.
“Our message to consumers is to invest in great Australian products and produce, to help build a sustainable future, or risk losing more industries and more jobs, putting pressure on the entire economy and families all over the country.
“We hope that this confronting truth will make consumers stop and think about the knock-on effects of their purchasing decisions before buying.”
The Australian Made Campaign is the not-for-profit organisation that administers the green-and-gold Australian Made, Australian Grown (AMAG) logo. The logo is Australia’s registered certification trade mark for genuine Australian products and produce.
The organisation says it’s working to secure government funding for an education program to help increase understanding amongst consumers about the meaning of the various country of origin claims on labelling and the value proposition of buying Australian made and Australian grown products.