The chief executive of one of Australia's biggest makers of bricks has criticised coastal shipping costs, saying it is twice as much to ship a brick from Perth to Sydney than one all the way from Spain.

Lindsay Partridge estimates Brickworks Limited is importing about one million bricks from Spain a month. “It’s about 10 cents a brick from Spain and 20 cents from Perth,” he said. A building boom in Sydney has created strong demand for bricks.  Mr Partridge hoped to ship some from their factories…