September 18, 2014  |  Members Statements

Automotive Industry

Mr SOMYUREK — On another matter, in a members statement yesterday I warned about the dire consequences of the Abbott government’s axing of the $500 million fund provided to the automotive manufacturing industry by the previous federal government.

Yesterday I warned that should the auto makers exit our shores ahead of time it would be disastrous for the workers and their families. Unfortunately within 4 hours of my making that members statement the media began to report that Holden was planning on cutting 300 jobs by the end of the year, well before originally expected.

It is time that the Abbott government put the jobs of Australian workers ahead of ideology.