Give Charman Stone a medal.

Charman Stone Member for Murray

Charman Stone Member for Murray

The decision by the federal Government not to support SPC  last week has opened a can of worms. This time, the worms have some grunt, as the head worm, Charman Stone has shone a light into the corners of the decision, and in the process, dumped on her party.

Thank heavens!!.

For the first time as another important business in the Australian food processing industry seemingly disappears, there is some debate about the facts, and analysis of the implications,  rather than just having emotion  and  ideology spewed at us. Anything other than facts, and dispassionate analysis based on those facts, is meaningless if we are to come to grips with the real commercial issues, rather than those of political self preservation.

All this has been sparked by Stones vigorous defense of SPC in her electorate, culminating this morning in an interview in which she as much as called the PM a liar.

Pretty strong, even from one noted to be a bit outspoken

Over a long period, the Australian food processing industry has been gutted by a range of factors, from the globalisation of supply chains, the power of the retail duopoly, years of drought (drought is really  the new normal)  short sighted, risk averse, and spineless management, union intractability, subsidies of various sorts recieved by international competitors, and the high $A. Some we can address, some we can’t, but allocating blame is not a helpful strategy.

Hopefully, some further intelligent debate will evolve, but the inconsistencies in policy, highlighted by the Cadbury decision before the election, and announcement today of support for Huon Aquaculture will do nothing for the confidence of investors.

Charman Stone is aggressively putting her case, lets see some other pollies grow some backbone.

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3 Responses to Give Charman Stone a medal.

  1. Pingback: 4 Marketing lessons from SPC | StrategyAudit

  2. Andrew Dick says:

    Good call Alan
    …… Although the new Govt may have a point – this could have been handled very differently

    • strategyaudit says:

      Andrew,
      Basically I agree with the economic dry argument, as having seen subsidies and regulatory protection in action, I think they only delay and magnify the pain of adjustment.
      However, the spurious and ill-informed at best claims of the PM and Abetz make the denial of assistance to SPC look baseless, inconsistent and hypocritical, Not a good look at all.
      Charman Stone has always had a mind of her own, wish there were more like her. However, I do wonder if she would have been so critical if it were not her electorate, and her re-election on the line.
      I hope so.

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