Analysis and Comment
17 April 2013
Recent redundancies at Holden have sparked debate over the need for a revised “industry policy”: but is this really the way forward?
The recent GM-Holden redundancies have provoked much comment, in many cases appealing for both state and federal governments to find solutions. But can government solve this dilemma, or is it a (big…
10 April 2013
The government’s handling of the automotive industry underestimates its potential strategic importance to the Australian economy.
Holden’s announcement of job cuts on Monday demonstrates the dual impacts of the strong Australian dollar and import penetration upon the beleaguered domestic automotive industry.
400 jobs will go in…
20 December 2012
Instead of relying on unconditional government largess, car companies in Australia should be asked to provide guarantees.
A famous quote from Albert Einstein states that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity.
Yet this is exactly what has occurred in the car industry which has…
23 March 2012
Driving technology: Prime Minister Julia Gillard has outlined a $275 million package to keep Holden in Australia.
Carmaker Holden will receive a $275 million government package, in return for committing to stay in Australia until 2022 and promising it will invest $1 billion.
Phillip Toner, senior research fellow…
3 February 2012
Unveiled: from the fanfare of the new Camry model last year, Toyota has axed 350 jobs this week.
A week after Toyota announced redundancies at its Altona plant in Melbourne, Holden confirmed the loss of 100 casual jobs at its manufacturing plant in Adelaide. Holden chief Mike Devereux said the cuts…