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Some auto manufacturing workers, like those from Ford’s plant in Geelong, want to find work in manufacturing after the closure of the industry, a survey has found. Julian Smith/AAP

Ford workers willing but unlikely to find decent jobs: study

Auto manufacturing workers will face significant problems in finding new jobs after the closure of the Ford and Holden plants, a new survey has found.
The closure of the Ford casting plant in Geelong signifies a loss of manufacturing loss and possibly a bigger loss to society. David Crosling/AAP

The Ford plant closure is sad loss of manufacturing know how

The closure of the car manufacturing plants in Australia is a sad loss of knowledge and jobs that will be difficult to replace.
Australia should be careful in accusing China of dumping steel into the local market, as the definitions of dumping and the tariffs on this practise have changed to suit governments in the past. Linfeng/EPA

Whether China is dumping steel in Australia under the ‘market economy’ label is very subjective

Governments have been known to change the definition of anti-dumping tariffs to suit their needs, so accusations of steel dumping from China are still quite subjective.
Since the 1990s a shift has occurred in manufacturing from developed to developing countries like China. Adrian Bradshaw/EPA

The least-skilled workers are the losers in globalisation

Research shows that low-skilled workers are losing jobs and wages in developed countries because of trade, but the evidence still isn't there as to who are the winners.
Airlines have saved energy by changing flight routes and modifying wings for better fuel use. Plane image from

Reducing energy use is a big winner for business and the climate

Companies could improve their profits 2-10% each year by saving energy, according to a world-first attempt to assess energy performance.
Many developing countries are highly urbanised but lack large industrial sectors. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Urbanisation in developing countries: a completely different kettle of fish

Developing countries, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa, are urbanising without industrialising, a trajectory that leaves them with relatively higher poverty rates and share of slums.
Wole Soyinka should rather galvanise like-minded Nigerians and demand that Nigeria’s looted treasury be returned. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Nigeria needs a credible economic plan – not a confab

Nigeria's economy is indeed under severe strain but sub-Saharn Africa's most populus nation won't solve its economic problems via an emergency national confab.

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