A nurse at a coronavirus clinic in Adelaide. The federal government is talking with the carmaker Ford about whether it can help in boosting the number of ventilators available for treating patients with Covid-19. Photograph: Reuters
Decimation of Australia’s car industry could literally cost lives
The federal government’s short-sighted decision to allow Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry to close has left the nation desperately short of ventilators, placing lives at risk:
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During times of war – be it with other nations or a virus – a nation needs to have its own manufacturing capability.
However, by letting the car industry fold, the government has left Australia highly reliant on imports at a time of global shortage.