The jar is rightly empty for SPC Ardmona

In rejecting Coca-Cola's plea for a $25 million handout to restructure SPC Ardmona, the Abbott Government has hopefully put an end to corporations holding out the begging bowl.

The Abbott Government’s rejection of the SPC Ardmona plea for $25 million of taxpayer funds, coming after its pre-Christmas decision not to give more subsidies to General Motors, sends a pretty clear message to struggling manufacturers across the economy. They are own their own.

Frankly, it’s the right message.

The pragmatic decision, indeed the easier decision, might have been to cave in to the demands given the political sensitivities of rural enterprises and jobs.

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