Tasmanian gin distilleries got a nod from Treasurer Josh Frydenburg during his official federal budget speech.
The Treasurer made reference to the distillers while speaking about how COVID-19 had "reinforced the importance of Australia's sovereign manufacturing capability".
"Almost overnight, resourceful Australian businesses adapted," he said.
Devonport gin distillery Southern Wild was among the businesses that adapted, using their manufacturing prowess to make thousands of liters of alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
It was the ingenuity of gin distilleries Mr Frydenberg made reference to in his budget speech, along with other manufacturers across the country that pivoted due to COVID-19.
"A reconfigured supply chain tripled mask production at a factory in Shepparton. Production lines for sleep apnoea devices were converted to make ventilators in Western Sydney. Gin distilleries became manufacturers of hand sanitiser across Tasmania," he siad.
"Tonight, we build on these strengths with a plan to ensure Australian manufacturing plays an even greater role in our economic recovery."
Mr Frydenberg went on to outline the federal governments $1.3 billion "modern manufacturing plan".
The plan will target six key areas:
- food and beverage manufacturing
- resources technology and critical minerals processing
- medical products
- recycling and clean energy
- defence industry, and
- space industry.
"This plan is built on the JobMaker platform of enabling our manufacturing businesses to be globally competitive through cheaper and more reliable energy," he said.
"Better skills and training. Lower taxes. Less red tape and more flexible workplaces."