Useless bludging car-making ratbags

Holden must be in line for the title of Australia’s biggest bludgers after threatening to close down their plant unless they received more corporate welfare.

The Rudd government is set to announce a new rescue package for Australia’s ailing automotive industry, aimed at boosting demand for locally made cars.

Worth an estimated $200 million, the package is being negotiated with manufacturers Ford, Holden and Toyota.

The move follows Labor’s controversial plan to change the fringe benefits tax on company cars, expected to raise $1.8 billion over four years.

A spokeswoman for Innovation Minister Kim Carr said the rescue package was aimed at luring more buyers for Australian-manufactured vehicles.

“The government is still in discussions with industry about any potential additional measures to help boost the sales of locally made cars, which have been in decline over an extended period,” she said.

“Any measures would be aimed at lifting demand for Australian-made cars which are at their lowest production levels since 1957. This is as a result of the changes in the dollar and the fragmentation of the market.”

She said the government would stand by the changes to the fringe benefits tax, a move praised by social welfare peak body, the Australian Council of Social Services.

Australia’s car manufacturing industry is in sharp decline with Ford announcing it would cease local production in 2016.

Holden has threatened to cease operations at its Adelaide assembly plant unless its 1700 workers agree to a three-year pay freeze and cuts to conditions at a vote on Friday.

Looks like the unions are holding them to ransom too.


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  • BigDes

    Let the unions hold them to ransom. Then watch as the plant closes and they all lose their jobs. It would be another nail in the coffin of an irrelevant hangover from the economically enept.

  • Michael

    Just put Holden out of its misery. Most of the range are just rebadged Opels and Vauxhalls, they’d be cheaper if they just ship them from Korea instead of building in Australia.

    • williamabong

      I think you will find a large part of the Holden product now drawn from Korea, it doesn’t matter what bailout package is offered, eventually the cost of labour will drive the manufacturers to countries like Thailand and India.
      Companies like Mitsubishi, once a huge company is Aussie are now just an importer, and this is where Holden Ford and Toyota will finish up, tarifs and border levies will just stall the inevitable.
      At the end of the day you can have expensive cars and jobs or cheap cars and no jobs, you decide

      • Michael

        There was very little impact on employment in NZ when the removal of tariffs on built up cars closed the Ford, Mitsi, and Toyota plants. The choice is expensive cars versus cheaper cars.

        • williamabong

          As long as you’re not counting the people employed at those plants or in ancillary industries you’re totally correct.

          • Michael

            When NZ manufacturing ended in June 1998 unemployment fell from 7.9% to 7.7% in the next quarter. In the final quarter it went to 7.9% again and then began a steady fall to below 4% over the next 6 years. I’m sure some people working in the plants didn’t get another job immediately but it didn’t bump up unemployment in NZ.

          • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

            They can train or get another job.

          • AngryTory

            Or better still, stave at their own expense, rather than eat at mine!

      • AngryTory

        eventually the cost of labour will drive the manufacturers to countries like Thailand and India.

        thanks to unions of course. There’s no reason why this “has” to happen: abolish unions & welfare and car manufacturing in Oz is viable for the foreseeable future.

        Besides: who buys a car made anywhere except Germany anyway? (OK: the UK for the Range Rovers)

  • GazzW

    Interesting times ahead when Australia’s biggest customer (China) gets its auto industry up to full speed and wants preferential access to the Australian market under their FTA. Even more so as the Chinese auto industry uses a shitload of steel made from Aussie iron ore smelted with Aussie coking coal.

  • Blue Tim

    GMH should just do a Ford & put the Commodore out to pasture. After all the Aussie bogans will buy crap as long as it has a Holden badge eg Captiva, Colorado.

    • GazzW


      • Kopua Cowboy

        That’s a small Ford, I believe it’s available in 5 door sedan and hatch versions :)

  • parorchestia

    An economist told me that that the cost to the Aussie taxpayer of the subsidies for car manufacture is in the order of $78,000 when you take all the flow on effects into account.
    No wonder Australia is having such a bad time.