Motor (Australia) - - THE VENT -

I came across your on­line ar­ti­cle, “Turn­bull Blames Aus­tralians for Holden, Toy­ota clo­sures”. I would have liked to com­ment on­line, but the func­tion­al­ity has been turned off. So here I am.

Suc­ces­sive Fed­eral, State and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments of every per­sua­sion, in­clud­ing mi­nor and bal­ance-of-power par­ties, have con­trib­uted to the clo­sure of the Aus­tralian ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try. And with it likely goes sup­ply line pro­duc­ers that made parts for both the ve­hi­cle in­dus­try and other in­dus­tries – such as med­i­cal sup­plies, tex­tiles, fur­ni­ture, glass, ro­bot­ics, rub­ber and plas­tics, and a great many more.

Other coun­tries like the USA, Ger­many,

Italy, France, Swe­den, UK, Mex­ico, China, Thai­land, all pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant sub­si­dies to their ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers. In 2013, Aus­tralia was sub­si­dis­ing at the rate of $18 per head of pop­u­la­tion. Re­search sug­gested that equated to a re­turn of $934 per per­son. Mean­while, the USA sup­ports it­self at $96 per head of pop­u­la­tion and Ger­many pays $90 per per­son. R.I.P Aus­tralian man­u­fac­tur­ing. Michael Cir­son, via email

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