University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and University of Canberra Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher discuss the week in politics.
In the wake of the pandemic, Anthony Albanese is struggling to find any political chances.
Increased automation threatens job security in South Africa’s auto industry.
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Automation in South Africa's auto industry may have made car manufacturing easier, faster, and more productive but it comes with social and employment costs.
The federal government is selecting six priority areas for support in a $1.5 billion manufacturing plan Scott Morrison will outline in a pre-budget address.
It's encouraging that the federal government recognises its role in industry policy. But its choice to support some technologies is disappointing.
Digitising healthcare and exporting more sustainable protein alternatives are just some ideas that could help Australia's economy return to form.
The global pandemic has interrupted supply chains for almost 75% of US companies.
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Medical supply shortages during the pandemic revealed that US industries are unable to provide essential goods in a crisis. A return to domestic production would boost incomes and prepare us for the next crisis.
Billions of people are going to need a coronavirus vaccine and that demand is going to be hard to meet.
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Once a coronavirus vaccine is approved, billions of doses need to be manufactured. Current vaccine production is nowhere near ready, for a variety of reasons, but planning now could help.
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New manufacturing processes will revolutionise the way we take our medicines.
Workers with face masks seen at The Hat Factory in Cape Town, South Africa. But most employers don’t abide by health and safety regulations.
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Compliance with occupational health and safety requirements is already poor and few inspections of workplaces are being done.
COVID-19 is forcing us to look at business differently.
The UK is investing heavily in preparation for mass manufacturing of a working COVID-19 vaccine.
Talks about creating a trans-Tasman bubble have focused on kick-starting short-term economic activity through tourism. But Australia and NZ could also increase manufacturing and trade integration.
An RAF aircraft, believed to have carried personal protective equipment from Turkey, lands in Oxfordshire on April 22.
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The show of compassion is part of an attempt by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to revamp Turkey's international status.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, introduces a hand sanitizer manufactured by the state of New York.
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Incarcerated Americans have been tasked with washing hospital laundry, manufacturing protective equipment, disinfecting cleaning supplies and digging mass graves.
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In under 10 days, engineers from UCL and Mercedes F1 reverse-engineered a product, produced a new design, tested it, got regulatory approval and started production.
Ventilators being made by British medical supply firm OES.
It's not as simple as churning out more products, though that's a good starting point.
Quiet on Istanbul’s subway in late March.
Turkey's economy was already struggling before the coronavirus pandemic hit. It has few options to limit the impact of the crisis.
Many Chinese factories remain restricted or closed.
Thousands of Chinese producers are at risk of going bust as a result of the outbreak.
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Quarantines and shutdowns in China will have far-reaching effects due to the country's key position in global supply chains