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Toyota decision should herald the immediate end of car tariffs

The decision by Toyota to end manufacturing in Australia means there is no further rationale for our remaining car tariffs. The government should immediately dump them.

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Essential: government avoids fallout from Holden

Voters appear resigned to the fate of Holden and don’t blame the government for it — and Greens voters appear the most economically rationalist on the issue, Essential Research has found.

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Road test: does this car and its makers deserve to be saved?

Crikey took a V8 SSV Commodore — perhaps the last all-Aussie car — out for a spin to contemplate whether Holden’s manufacturing workforce is worth saving.

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New GM boss unlikely to change her mind on Australian closure

The new CEO of General Motors is unlikely to reverse the company’s reported decision to close its Australian operations — she’s the one who made it, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Time to get real on the (in)significance of the car industry

The car industry is a footnote in the Australian economy, not the huge employer it once was. Its loss will have limited economic impacts, and now is a good time for tough decisions.

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A test of government will as Qantas and Holden come begging

The government began climbing out of the hole it had dug for itself on Gonski — but its handling of Qantas and Holden meant more headaches. Will the Coalition succumb to populism and bail them out?

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Plains, boats and automobiles: differing conceptions of the political middle

The election is revealing what both sides believe is the true nature of middle Australia. Look closer at policies like asylum seekers and parental leave to see what’s really going on.

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Automotive sector pleads: we need this tax rort

The car industry claims it needs a tax rort to stay alive — it’s time to take this parasite off taxpayer life support. Fiddling with vehicle fringe benefits tax is a decent start.

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One handout too many: General Motors should go back to Detroit

It’s time to end automotive assistance. General Motors’ demand for a wage cut shows this is one industry not worth keeping, say Crikey’s Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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