Robert Van Gordon, vice president of the Washington Management Group has told Australian business people that to support the war in Iraq would greatly
help companies. Under the New Free Trade Agreement with the US, Australia can for the first time tender directly for US government contracts. Mr
Gordon explained how helpful it would be to Australia to support the war effort and cited the fact that French companies, which opposed the Iraq war
are having trouble securing contracts. He further stated "So in this case, if you're supportive they will support you, they will make sure they help
AUSTRALIA'S support of the US in Iraq could help local companies crack the huge US government contract market, a visiting American consultant
Mr Van Gorder said the market was highly competitive but Australia's support for the US in the war in Iraq would help firms.
Before the introduction of the FTA, which came into operation this year, just 32 Australian firms had US government contracts worth a combined $US14
million ($18 million).
But Mr Van Gorder said interest would grow now that the FTA was in place, and Australian firms started to get an idea of the opportunities in the
Some of the key contract areas include the services sector, IT, research and development and management support. Other areas where major contracts are
available include military components.
Mr Van Gorder said Australian firms should consider tendering for contracts that may not grab the direct attention of competitors, such as military
base maintenance and service provision in South-East Asia.
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This is terrible. Buying support for a war, we line your pocket, you line ours. It is such a blatant move by this person to drum up support for a war
that most Australians do not want. Once again money talks though and here it can be bought.
It is also a bad sign for American companies currently holding those contracts. Hollywood was one such entity that found Australia was a cheaper
alternative for production costs and started making and producing films in Australia at a largly increased rate. This in turn caused strikes by many
American firms who were virtually put out of business by the Australians coming on the scene.
It is probable the same case will be found here and Australia may turn out to win many contracts on lowered production and labour costs.
I see more problems than gains by the Free Trade Agreement and although John Howard may brag and say how much he has increased Australians standards
of living and increased Australia's rating in the world market....At what cost?
[edit on 11-10-2005 by Mayet]