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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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Qantas upgraded to bailout class: inside the plush pollies’ lounge

Politicians have been enjoying the largesse of Qantas for years, from membership to the exclusive Chairman’s Lounge to free flight upgrades. Business writer and director John Addis says now it’s time to pay the piper.

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Spying for fun and profit

Crikey readers talk a glut of lawyers, corporate espionage and subsidies.

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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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Essential: voters divided over which industries to assist

Voters are all for industry assistance, this week’s Essential Report finds, but which industries should be assisted depends on which way you vote.

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Make pollies pay for full price for their sangas

Crikey readers talk politicians’ entitlements, why the film industry subsidy is a rort and privacy and healthcare.

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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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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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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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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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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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Tasmania’s forestry sector akin to ‘work for the dole’

Tasmania’s ailing and highly subsidised forestry industry should finally be subject to market principles, write Andrew Macintosh and Richard Denniss.

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High emissions, low demand: why we should stop bankrolling cars

How can taxpayers be expected to bankroll the car industry without any public debate, accountability and scrutiny on current operations, writes Anna Mortimore, a lecturer in revenue and tax law at the Griffith Business School.

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Who’s making money in art? Everyone but the artists

The National Association for the Visual Arts is running a campaign on artists fees at the moment. It tells us a lot about the risks of being an artist.

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Cox: who should get a government subsidy?

There are a series of political issues at present that show the commentariat and electorate are remarkably confused about who should benefit from government payments and concessions.

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Gaming industry: we give Tasmania value for money

For each $1 in subsidy received, the mining industry produces $167 value to the State’s economy, according to the Felmingham Report. The gaming industry reckons it tops that.

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Dairy industry milks the recession

The US and European dairy industries are being heavily subsidised by their governments to protect against the GFC — but it will only prolong the recession in the long run by distorting the market.

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