Former treasurer Joe Hockey in 2013 (Image: AAP/Alan Porritt)

How bemused would Joe Hockey, who these days has found his niche as a K Street lobbyist in Trumpworld, be by the reaction of his erstwhile colleagues to the final closure of Holden?

Hockey was the treasurer who chased General Motors out of the country. Having declared that the age of entitlement was over in opposition, Hockey began his stint as Tony Abbott's treasurer full of neoliberal enthusiasm.

The car industry, which had enjoyed decades of taxpayer handouts and tariff barriers (even now, you can't import a second-hand vehicle without paying a punitive tariff), was a particular target.