JOHN BUT­TON

Wheels (Australia) - - People -

Shaped Aus­tralian mo­tor­ing cul­ture like no­body since Ben Chi­fley. In 1984, the Se­na­tor dis­man­tled high car im­port taxes ( a lazy 57.5 per­cent) and scrapped im­port quo­tas. The mes­sage to the then five lo­cal mak­ers: get world com­pet­i­tive or go home. The But­ton Plan left us with no car in­dus­try but de­liv­ered ev­ery buyer more va­ri­ety, bet­ter qual­ity, higher tech­nol­ogy and lower prices – with bil­lions of tax­payer dol­lars saved in sub­si­dies.

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