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ANZ senior figure pleased as jobs go offshore … Holden leak mystery deepens … why is WA’s Troy Buswell on leave? …

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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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Media briefs: Linnell v Jones … Tele v Labor … wrecking ball Tony …

Fairfax editorial boss Garry Linnell is taking on a permanent radio hosting gig next year. That and other media tidbits.

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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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The freelance economy: iPros rally, but are they getting a fair deal?

As Australia’s manufacturers shut up shop, more and more workers will be going freelance. Henry Belot — himself a freelance writer — looks at what it will mean when we give the boss the flick.

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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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Brace for the r-word: steady job figures mask a sluggish economy

There’s no need for alarmism: the Australian economy will cope with the job losses generated by Holden, Qantas and other closures, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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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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Right decision, but Coalition car chaos shows need for economic vision

The mishandling of the Holden decision by the Abbott government reflects the need for a real economic strategy — one that perhaps only Joe Hockey could provide.

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Shuttering Holden won’t cost underinvesting GM much

The small losses General Motors will take on closing Holden reflect how little it has invested in local production, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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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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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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iSentia index: Qantas and Holden fuel media mentions

The decline of manufacturing in Australia was the most popular topic of conversation across all media this week.

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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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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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Qantas, Holden and learning to make tough decisions

Making tough decisions is an important skill for governments. This one hasn’t had the best start in dealing with Qantas and Holden.

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Free marketeers guarantee a ruinous future

Crikey readers have their say on bailing out Holden, dealing with bogans and more.

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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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Labor’s car pitch a poor fit with its economic story

Labor giving yet more money to the parasites of Detroit and Tokyo subtly undermines its otherwise sound campaign pitch, that the economy needs support.

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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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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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Drive off: it’s time to stop inflicting economic damage on Australia

Handouts to the automotive sector hurt Australia and, if not abolished, should at least opened up to the rest of the manufacturing sector.

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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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