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Morrison signals more help for Australian manufacturing

More support for local manufacturing could be on the way as the Morrison government examines ways to help companies out of the economic slump, while backbench MPs call for options to replace imports.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison signalled the options in remarks to the Coalition party room on Tuesday after several MPs aired their support for Australian manufacturers but stopped short of calls for subsidies.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged more support for Australian manufacturing.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged more support for Australian manufacturing.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Mr Morrison told his colleagues they were helping to “generate hope” because Australians could see the government had a plan for an economic recovery, but he also hinted at measures that would not fit easily with Liberal Party philosophy.

The Prime Minister told them the government would have to go “out of our comfort zone” because of the economic pressures, a remark that could signal more spending in the wake of a $190 billion fiscal stimulus.

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