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There can be little doubt that Australian manufacturing has been having a tough time of late.
The high Australian dollar, high commodity prices and a tough international market are all playing a part.
Some are now arguing that Australia should forget about competing with countries such as China and concentrate on highly advanced manufacturing, such as carbon fibre and nanotechnology, instead.
On Friday, January 13th, Brad Dunstan, CEO of the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing, was interviewed by Jonathan Green on ABC Radio National's Breakfast program about the future of manufacturing in Australia.
Brad was part of a high calibre panel that also included Dick Warburton, chair of the peak business lobby, Manufacturing Australia, and Dan Swinney, from the Chicago Renaissance Council.