State government purchasing preferences : their impact on the short-term industry policy objectives of the industry assistance commission

Albrow, Neil Christopher. (1985). State government purchasing preferences : their impact on the short-term industry policy objectives of the industry assistance commission Master's Thesis, School of Economics, University of Queensland.

       
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Author Albrow, Neil Christopher.
Thesis Title State government purchasing preferences : their impact on the short-term industry policy objectives of the industry assistance commission
School, Centre or Institute School of Economics
Institution University of Queensland
Publication date 1985
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Total pages 95
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract
The aim of this paper is to present a critical appraisal of the economic effects State purchasing preference has on the heavy engineering industry in Australia. Against a background of a decade of contraction in economic activity in which the heavy engineering industry in particular has faced a decline in demand to an extent not experienced before, the application of preferences by State Governments has only served to compound the problems of what is already considered an over-protected, uncompetitive industrial basis. In projecting policy objectives designed to restructure long-term the Australian industrial structure onto a more competitive and efficient footing, the IAC has prepared a short-term report indicating that until such time the inhibiting influence of preference is removed, these long-term policy objectives will not be realised. The implication is that for too long, there has been a short-sighted insistence that short-term sectional interests should come first and that the national interest viz. national economic growth and welfare should come a poor second. From this, the paper will conclude that any premise for the restructuring of Australian industry must require the dismantling of State purchasing preferences.

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