The mantra of propping up manufacturing to save jobs is no substitute for a property industry policy focused on growth.
The key battleground of South Australia has been inundated during the campaign with regular visits from both Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten.
The Nick Xenophon Team is to this election what the Palmer United Party was to the 2013 one. It is potentially the 'next big new thing' in the Senate.
The French have defeated German and Japanese bids to win the $50 billion contract to build Australia's 12 new submarines, which will be constructed in Adelaide.
Any job losses from Arrium's Whyalla Steelworks would be another blow to the manufacturing sector and South Australia's economy.
Steelmakers like Arrium need to move away from commodities and invest in steel products in growth industries.
Next week Malcolm Turnbull will briefly take one foot off the domestic treadmill for his first visit to China as prime minister, going to Shanghai as well as Beijing.
The outlook is not good for those who may lose their jobs as a result of mining company Arrium going into voluntary administration, according to the latest OECD report.