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Our auto subsidies were relatively low (and Keane is wrong)

Crikey readers talk government subsidies and what in the world we should do about Qantas.

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We need fewer cars, not more subsidies

Crikey readers talk public broadcasters, the car industry, free TV and what we must remember about foxes.

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Did Fairfax help kill the car industry? A victory of sorts for the AFR

The government did little to save the automotive manufacturing industry, knowing the media would have its back. Economist and former Financial Review reporter Jason Murphy reckons his former editor played his part.

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Knox coverage beneath Crikey

Crikey readers have their say on second-hand cars, whether the market or the government should guide industry, and the sensationalist coverage of Amanda Knox.

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In Holden’s wake, let the market, not government, pick winners

The evidence is mounting that government grants for business don’t work. InDaily journalist Kevin Naughton finds past subsidies to businesses have done more harm than good.

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How Holden conned Australia — and we bought it every time

Holden continually got money out of the Australian government, but there was never a way to save its Australian operations. In Daily journalist Kevin Naughton reveals the con job.

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How can we have an economy if we keep losing jobs?

Crikey readers talk spying on Timor-Leste and the real cost of letting Holden shut up shop.

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Olympic Dam pipe dream no help for Holden workers

Tony Abbott declaring that sacked Holden workers can re-train and find themselves a job at Olympic Dam shows just how out of touch this government is.

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Fuel costs driving car choices

Crikey readers talk car manufacturing, what’s really behind the Tropfest outrage and vet concerns at JCU.

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Holden boss keeps them guessing, defends productivity

Holden boss Mike Devereaux mounted a defence of government assistance but kept workers guessing on their futures. Crikey’s Tim Oliver reports from the Productivity Commission hearing.

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‘Albo’ has to go

Crikey readers talk auto subsidies, the finer points of champagne (or sparkling wine) and whether Anthony Albanese is a bit too informal.

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Trickle-down rubbish

Crikey readers talk Michael Danby’s Israeli leanings, why corporations need to pay their fair share of tax and the ludicrous prospect of trickle-down economics.

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Lessons for the auto industry

Crikey readers have their say on Holden, auto subsidies and journalism prizes.

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The only way to save the car industry? Crack down on emissions

Australia’s car industry is floundering because it does not make fuel-efficient cars that people will buy. If it’s going to be saved, writes researcher Anna Mortimer, something has to give.

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Ford’s demise and quick government cash

Crikey readers have their say on the issues of the day.

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Media briefs: Murrow returns … UK fact-check … Weiner translated …

We think perhaps The Daily Tele has been a bit overzealous with rhetoric and under-attentive to the facts in reporting the UK hacking murder.

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Car subsidy sums: should Australia just keep Holden on?

Holden claims it’s giving back billions in “spill-over” benefits for the economy in return for its government subsidies. Does this stack up? And is it a good use of taxpayers’ money?

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The Oil Drum | ENVIRONMENT|

Electric cars: 100 years of going nowhere

Electric cars may be all the hype now, but they’ve actually been around since the 1890s. And although today’s models look a bit schmicker, they’ll still only drive you about as far as they did over a century ago.

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Grist | ENVIRONMENT|

Do we need better cars or fewer cars?

Sustainable transport has two schools of thought. Those — often car companies — who think we should create greener cars and those who think we should encourage public transport, cycling and walking. Who’s right?

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AP | COMPANIES|

How many people has Toyota killed?

Since Toyota started recalling its cars due to dodgy accelerators and brakes, an increasing number of road deaths have been linked to the problems. The alleged US death toll now stands at 34, and complaints continue to mount.

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Prius debacle drives hole through the Camry

Toyota launched Australia’s first locally-produced hybrid on Monday, but the event has been smothered by the latest recall to hit the battered carmaker, writes James Stanford.

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Reuters | COMPANIES|

How Toyota broke down

Reuters goes behind-the-scenes at Toyota with a fly-on-the-wall look at how the wheels fell off its recent product recall, turning a bad situation into a total car-crash.

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Washington Post | COMPANIES|

Toyota President: We’re off to the mechanic

Toyota’s image is taking a huge battering, with the company recalling thousands of cars around the world — including 2400 in Australia. President Akio Toyoda takes to the WashPo’s op-ed pages to explain how he plans to repair public trust in the company (might take a few weeks — need to get parts in from overseas…)

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CNNMoney | COMPANIES|

Toyota knew about dodgy Prius brakes

Toyota is recalling about 270,000 Prius cars in the US and Japan due to dodgy brakes — and Australia could be next. But here’s the kicker: according to CNN, the company knew as far back as January, and said nothing, putting thousands of lives at risk.

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Jalopnik | COMPANIES|

Saab is dead

Unable to find a buyer for the brand, General Motors is killing off Saab after 62 years of production, sending it to join Saturn, Pontiac and Oldsmobile in the big GM caryard in the sky.

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