Bludging car making ratbags

They are as bad as farmers for sticking their hands out, but at least farmers don’t fund union coffers like these bludging ratbags do.

THE election is a referendum on the car industry, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said while campaign in Adelaide today.

“If Mr Abbott’s elected what I fear is the industry will wither away because he believes it to be an industry of the past, not deserving of government support,” Mr Rudd said.

And his Industry Minister Kim Carr has dismissed criticisms of fringe benefits tax changes as “hyperventilation” and “nonsense”.

Mr Carr joined the Prime Minister today at Futuris, an automotive manufacturer in the electorate of Wakefield. 

“There’s been some hyperventilation in some parts of the leaseholders section of the automotive industry about what the FBT changes would mean,” Mr Carr said.

“We were told there would be a reduction of 10 per cent … and some would use higher figures than that.

“What we see today is that there’s been a reduction of .2 per cent and if we go through the details we see that the number of vehicles sold by Toyota has increased. Commodore is down slightly, Cruze is down slightly.”

He said there was a difference with what happened with Ford and Holden but that it was nothing to do with the FBT changes.

“I’ve never heard so much nonsense spoken about what is a very simple measure,” he said.

“Our measure is about whether or not the taxation system should be used to subsidise the private use of motor cars. It’s as simple as that.”

Labor clearly thinks subsidies should exist.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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