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Buy Australian Made and Owned

Posted on 23 August, 2011 at 0:40
Hope you have all had a fantastic couple of weeks. I have been busy editing my second novel, Jacaranda, and continuing on with writing my third, Melaleuca. Life is never boring around here! I love it! :)
This week I would really like to touch base on a topic that is very close to my heart, buying Australian owned and made products. Being a farmer it is especially sad when I look at canned or frozen products and the contents are not from our gloriously fertile land. What is the government thinking?! And more so, what are the supermarkets thinking?!
When a product is foreign owned then every dollar we spend goes back to that country. However, when we support Australian owned products we are supporting all the Australian jobs that go with that company – from manufacturing, marketing, administration, financials, and distribution – the list goes on. That's a lot of jobs and a lot of people! Don’t you think?!
Don’t be fooled by the labels that state the product is “Made in Australia”, although this is a good start the company may still be foreign owned. If every Australians changed their spending habits – very slightly – and spent just $40 a week on wholly owned Australian companies instead of wholly owned foreign companies then we could have a significant impact on the Australia Balance of Trade. This increase in local demand will increase productivity and reduce demand on imports. How great is that? It’s like the butterfly effect.
I am very proud of our country and proud of the food and products we are able to produce here. So come on all my fellow Aussies, let us cheer loudly for the companies and farmers that keep it here, in our pockets. Lets all support them by taking a few seconds in the supermarkets to read the labels and choose products made and owned by Australians. I reckon they all deserve a big pat on the back! 
Thought for this week
“My interest is in the future because we are going to spend the rest of our lives there.”
Until next week, keep smiling and dreaming
Mandy :)

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Reply Sal Edwards
5:25 on 23 August, 2011 
You are most certainly right Mandy! Great post. A great site for online shopping and getting to know your Aussie owned products is Thanks Mandy, always nice to get a reminder to pay close attention when shopping! :)
Reply Mandy Magro
23:30 on 23 August, 2011 
Sal Edwards says...
You are most certainly right Mandy! Great post. A great site for online shopping and getting to know your Aussie owned products is Thanks Mandy, always nice to get a reminder to pay close attention when shopping! :)

Thanks for you message. I will check out the website you mentioned for Aussie products. Big hugs :)
Reply Helen Jacobs
23:23 on 24 August, 2011 
You can also check out where you can search for over 10,000 locally made and grown products registered to carry the Australian Made logo.
Reply Mandy Magro
23:40 on 24 August, 2011 
Helen Jacobs says...
You can also check out where you can search for over 10,000 locally made and grown products registered to carry the Australian Made logo.

Hi Helen, thanks for the website! I will have to have a look at it. Cheers, Mandy
Reply Elizabeth
11:12 on 1 September, 2011 
Hi Mandy !

I really enjoyed reading your blog and i completely agree that we need to purchase products from Australia so we can support Australian jobs.. Im actually the director of a company located in Sydney, named ProKlean. We specialise in Australian made and owned cleaning products which ranges from household cleaning to laundry products and even some commercial products. I think Australian made and owned products are the only way to go, and a bonus with our range at ProKlean are that our products are concentrated, which means you are using less of the product and saving some dollars, which is important in this economy, and those supermarket aisles are just jam packed with non Australian products !

Please come and check out our website at and our new blog at


Reply Brett
16:47 on 14 October, 2011 
Thanks to the label Australian Made we have effectively white anted our food production in Australia.

How so?

To be labelled Australian Made you can be 100% foreign Owned, use 100% foreign content/ingredients and then only need have 50+% of the cost of manufacture occur in Australia. PLUS the item must be substantially transformed here as well.

This means that most processed foods will qualify as the cooking or processing renders the ingredients substantially transformed. Think of a cake for instance.

Who benefits the most from this ……Australian producers or foreign imports?

What we need is a Country of Origin logo that embodies Truth in Labelling.
Something like an Australian Authenticity Logo.
Visit and you can see what is behind the myriad of logos by using the free logo comparator. Take look and see how Un-Australian they can be.

The "Buy Australian Logo” tells you in percentage terms just how much of any item is sourced from Australia for the areas of Content, Owned, Made and Packed

You will be surprised!

"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the Bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The Bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge - even to ourselves - that we've been so credulous."
-Carl Sagan
Reply Julianne Hewlett
6:02 on 15 October, 2011 

Thanks for the information. I really liked reading it and I think it is very informative and has nice precise information regarding a very rare topic. Check out the official Australian Immigration website at This website gives you about the different visas & jobs that are available and to know if you qualify. And what you need to do to apply.
Reply Karen
10:47 on 25 March, 2013 
Hiya Mandy, where abouts in Aus are you from?
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