Why make fridges, washing machines and TVs in Australia when you can order them by the boatload from China for $millions less? They even come with an added bonus, they last two years and one month (with a one year warranty, naturally) instead of 60 so you have to buy another one when the machine decides it doesn't want to work anymore!
Electrolux used to make Simpson-branded washers in Adelaide - they were tough as nails. I reluctantly dumped mine several years ago because it used too much water and I replaced it with a new Simpson that was made in Thailand in the belief that I was doing the right thing for the environment...
Nothing but problems. On/off button broke (under warranty), then the cycle-selector knob broke too (also under warranty). By the time the warranty ran out the bowl span wildly out of control every spin cycle and I made the decision to put it on the nature strip, $$$ down the drain. Then I got an Italian-made Whirlpool front loader and a whole new set of problems after six months... not a day goes by when I don't pine for my old Aussie-made Simpson.
We need our state governments to lead by example and buy Aussie-made. It might be more expensive but damn it we need the jobs here - not in Poland or Italy.