Holden opens a Pandora's box for Hockey

The government’s decision to end its General Motors relationship steers Australia in a new direction. It’s a bold move that will only work if capital is allowed to flow to our competitive sectors.

There is no ‘blame game’ as such to be had in the demise of Holden. It is now clear that a deliberate choice was made by the Abbott government this week to end its relationship with General Motors and to allow its local subsidiary Holden to become a sales company, with the direct loss of around 3,000 manufacturing jobs.

Although some coverage of this week’s events featured a suspenseful “will GM or won’t they?” theme, in retrospect there is little mystery to the auto giant’s decision.

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