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The Ford Motor plant at Highland Park, the factory that built the American Dream. People dubbed the factory "The Crystal Palace" because of its vast amount of glass and bright interiors. The factory's enormous size made people think that Ford had gone mad.

The Ford Motor plant at Highland Park, the factory that built the American Dream. People dubbed the factory “The Crystal Palace” because of its vast amount of glass and bright interiors. The factory’s enormous size made people think that Ford had gone mad.

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Subsidies are evil

Subsidies are evil and give a false sense of security. In Australia successive governments have poured billions of dollars of subsidies into the failing car industry and even then it struggled to turn a profit.

Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott argue a lot but agree on one point. The Prime Minister tells us “I think supporting the car industry is important for our nation’s future.”

The Opposition Leader says that “above all else, without a motor industry [this] is not an Australia that makes things any more and is not a first-class economy”.

Both declare they will continue paying taxpayer subsidies to a sector that has already received $19 billion in handouts and tariff protection over the past decade.

It’s odd because no one seems to have explained the centrality of car-making to Switzerland. Or Singapore. Or Norway. Or Denmark. None of these has any car manufacturing whatsoever.

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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Flossies Gay Ute [Poll]

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Check out this ute…it is a Ford Ranger too…Just like Fossy’s gay ute, but the only mitigating feature is the non-gay roll bar. Oh and note the poor parking ability.

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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Subsidies are evil

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The Australian taxpayer must be wondering today just exactly what their AUD$34 million of federal funding for Ford earlier in the year got them. Billions of dollars more has been poured into the industry that is now almost dead.

About $10 billion over seven years. That’s how much has been pumped into the car industry by federal and state governments.

But has it been a case of throwing good money after bad, especially after Ford Australia’s announcement today that it was going to halt its local manufacturing operations in 2016?

Ford Australia president Bob Graziano said for every $1 the governments gave to his company, it returned $6 back to the economy. But at the same time, he said the firm’s cost structures in Australia were uncompetitive.

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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Taxi Racing set to change for good

!B6jvybwEGk~$(KGrHqMOKj8Ey,CDgW7GBM)wrRNig!~~_35When committing millions of rate payer cash to the V8 Supercars, I wonder if Len factored in that half the fan base may disappear in 3 years when their beloved Falcon is no more with today’s announcement that Ford Australia is shutting up shop:

Ford Australia has confirmed it will shut its two Australian plants from October 2016 in a move that will see 1200 jobs lost, citing prohibitively high manufacturing costs.

The move will transform the carmaker into an import-only brand and comes as Ford Australia announced a $141 million loss in the 2012 calendar year, bringing losses over past five years at $600 million.  Read more »

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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

Ford’s Non-Gay Ranger is Car of the Year

Ford’s new non-gay ute has won Car of the Year:

Ford Ranger reigns supreme as AMI NZ Autocar Car of the Year

The Ford Ranger has been named the supreme winner of the 2011 AMI Insurance NZ Autocar Car of the Year Awards.

This is the first time a ute has topped the score sheets to take the overall COTY honour in the history of the NZ Autocar magazine awards, which date back to 1993. Scoring consistently on all the judging criteria, the big Ranger was ranked first overall by four of the six judges, beating the Renault Megane RS250 by a comfortable margin to claim the top prize, as well as taking the gong for the best SUV of the year.

NZ Autocar editor and chief judge, Kyle Cassidy, said that the Ranger scored highly in the practicality and value categories, but also ranked strongly for driving dynamics and performance, highlighting its all-round capabilities.

“Ranger was an easy choice as our SUV of the Year and the way it performed over the two days astounded the judges,” he commented.

“The big Ford is a talented all-rounder. It’s a genuine workhorse that also performs the role of a roomy family vehicle after hours. That it offers car-like comfort and dynamics, and is packed with safety features sealed its win.”

TV3’s Shaun Summerfield, another of the judges, said of the Ranger “It’s the best looking ute ever sold here, but it’s much more than just a pretty face. The interior is great and offers features you don’t expect in this segment or at this price.”

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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.