In a piece of silly scare mongering, the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers is suggesting that the ‘post 2014’ Commodore could be designed and engineered overseas (even if it is still build in Australia).
But you have to admire the Holden response. On the ABC’s The world today program, Holden MD Mike Devereux managed to turn the interview on its head and get five minutes of unalloyed lobbying for industry protection for the Australian car industry. It was rent-seeking spin at its best. The interview should be up soon on the ABC website (as I write only the first part is up – pre Devereux).
So to the engineers – on your logic Aussie engineers should not be designing any ‘off shore icons’. Damn – there goes all that work in Asia and suddenly makes a lot of Australian engineers unemployed.
And to Minister Carr – as a taxpayer, can I politely disagree with Mr Devereux. I do not want big taxpayer subsidies going to GM Holden. Just because other countries have industry policies that line the pockets of foreign car makers, I do not think we should blindly follow. If GM can economically make cars in Australia without dipping into the taxpayers’ pocket, great. If not, then there are many alternatives that we can import.