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Fruitful talks consider auto industry future

2 October 2013

Federal Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, says discussions about the future of GM Holden in Australia have been very positive.

Mr Macfarlane toured GM Holden’s Elizabeth plant this morning before discussions with Holden’s managing director, Mike Devereux, and Federal colleagues, State Government and Opposition representatives, union representatives and other stakeholders.

“All parties have shown a willingness to take part in a genuine dialogue on the future of one of Australia’s major manufacturing sectors,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“Today’s talks are part of a series of discussions I am holding with all parts of the industry because the issues it faces are not confined to just one manufacturer and any solutions will be sector wide.

“I want to thank Mike Devereux for hosting today’s talks and all the participants for their open-minded engagement.”

Mr Macfarlane said any future action on the industry will be guided by a Productivity Commission review which will consider issues of productivity and sustainability for the industry.

“I want to ensure that I have all the information before I recommend any decisions and plans for the auto industry’s future,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“I am determined to ensure that car manufacturing in Australia will be able to become self-sufficient. This is a goal that everyone would share and I believe it is achievable.

“I am very privileged to have toured one of Australia’s first class manufacturing facilities. Today’s events give me confidence that we have the vast and important skills we need to deliver for the auto industry and the broader economy.”

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