Federal polish needed for an invaluable auto shine

Automotive in Australia spends billions on parts and services, tops the R&D spend and is a mecca for skilled workers. But it needs globally competitive policy settings to survive.

Last Thursday marked a sad day for our industry as Ford announced it would cease manufacturing in Australia in October 2016. My sympathy goes out to all the hard working men and women at Ford who will lose their jobs – this is hard news to swallow.

Ford’s announcement is a stark reminder of how tough economic conditions are for Australian manufacturers. But it’s also a reminder of how critical automotive manufacturing is to this country.

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