Government should reject Commission recipe for ‘carmageddon’

Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt has called on the Abbott government to reject the recommendations of a Productivity Commission paper on government assistance to car makers released today.

The Greens are prepared to see industry assistance continue but on the condition that the industry transition to cleaner and electric vehicles and component manufacturing.

“This is a recipe for carmageddon for the Australian auto industry. The government should reject it,” Mr Bandt said.

“Tony Abbott needs to work on ways to save jobs and grow green industries not drive manufacturing jobs down the road to oblivion.”

“People in manufacturing don’t need so-called greater ‘workplace flexibility’ they need government support as occurs in every other car making country.”

“Now is the time for the government to look at how to make the leap to more efficient and electric vehicles.”

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