Time to get serious again - CQ Today

In 1935, the chief general manager of BHP, Essington Lewis, visited Europe.

He returned with the view that war was probable and that Australia must immediately strengthen its manufacturing industry. He and other Australian businesses, including General Motors Holden and Orica, established the Commonwealth Airport Corporation a year later.

By 1937 a factory had been built in Port Melbourne and during the war the business would produce Australian made warplanes such as the Wirraway. The Allies won World War II not because we had the strongest military in 1939 but because we could build more planes, more boats and more tanks during the war. The cause of freedom won because the free economies had stronger and more efficient industrial economies.

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