October 16, 2014  |  Members Statements

Automotive Industry

Mr SOMYUREK (South Eastern Metropolitan) — I rise to condemn the federal coalition government for voting to rip half a billion dollars from the auto industry.

Almost two weeks ago the House of Representatives voted to defund the automotive transformation scheme, cutting $500 million over four years. Modelling conducted by the University of Adelaide has estimated that the closure of the auto industry in Victoria could cost 100 000 jobs. Shame on the federal coalition’s Victorian MPs for acting to destroy Victorian jobs.

Typically the Napthine government did nothing while Ford, Holden and Toyota left our shores. Further, Premier Napthine’s TAFE cuts have made it harder for Victorians to retrain and re-enter the workforce.