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The lingering death of Holden: Why the factory really closed

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He makes a good point. Ford USA (and possibly GM I dunno) had been wanting to shut the factories in Aust down for years. When Ford brought out the Taurus and Explorer to Aust in the 90's it was to see if we would buy cars from the US instead of Falcons and the upcoming Territory (which we didn't). Instead Ford started a slow sabotage of the Falcon/Fairlane/ LTD with no advertising and no money spent. Look at how similar a BA Falcon and its equivalent Fairlane are compared to the differences between an equivalent Commodore and its Caprice, you can hardly tell the Fords apart because little money was spent on the LWB model. Once Ford was gone, GM and Toyota had no choice. The guys designing the VE wanted it to be good because they knew back then they'd never get to design another Commodore range.

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Very interesting, thanks for posting.
Itโ€™s almost obscene the amount of cash tax payers had to cough up to prop up these manufacturers

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Bryan

Compared to what? Compared to mining our vehicle manufacturing subsidies were pocket money.
Every country in the world actively protects their vehicle manufacturing through subsidies and tariff protection. The money the government invested in our industry was returned many times over in sales tax, then GST and income tax from the wages of the workers and the cars they sold, then multiplied again in tax revenue as that money went down the supply chain. That is why Australia did so well in the 40s, 50s and 60s when our government supported our industries, just like every other government in the world still does. Our government are the only idiots.
We only had an industry because government tariffs and subsidies that made it cheaper to assemble cars here compared to importing them. As our governments reduced that protection our industry slowly died as it became cost competitive to import.
Two weeks after saying the government shouldn't subsidise our car industry Abbott gave BHP $2billion to open a coal mine in Mexico. The Adani coal mine isn't viable and won't function without the government subsidies it is getting. That's billions of dollars for around 1,000 jobs (Adani's job numbers) once it opens. That's our money too.
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is the strategic benefit an on shore manufacturing capability has when you are an Island nation. In times of conflict the auto industry was switched to providing the necessary manufacturing capability required to support Defence...if we become entirely reliant on overseas suppliers and that supply chain is compromised in conflict we have to be able to make stuff ourselves and successive governments do not appear to be supportive of manufacturing...so you need to "invest" to retain the capability

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Andrew

We will be in a mess if it hits the fan.
We'll probably just buy everything off the good 'ol USA, who will probably start the war anyway.
We refine about a third of our fuel here at our 3 refineries so we would have enough fuel to run our essential transport services, but we would need charcol burners to keep our old Holdens on the road due to severe private use fuel rationing.
Actually, not long after Abbott killed our vehicle manufacturing, Morrison announced his $100 billion, ten year plan to make Australia one of the world's top ten arms and military equipment suppliers. That's $10 billion a year. Can you imaging how big our vehicle manufacturing could have been with that kind of support and legislation to force companies to manufacture here and export cars? Just like we had in 1960s when everyone had a job.
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Where developed countries scale back their production to give the undeveloped world a chance to catch up.
Whitlam signed with the full approval of both sides of parliament. If Gorton or McMahon had still been PM they would have signed it.
We are all but on the bottom of the barrel now. The only way is up. Maybe the now-developed undeveloped world will start scaling back and allow us to prosper again.
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