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Monday, 9 December 2013
Page: 1929

Automotive Industry


Mr ZAPPIA (Makin) (14:23): My question is to the Minister for Industry. Can the minister advise the House how many jobs in the automotive supply chain the government believes will be at risk if Holden leaves Australia?


Mr IAN MACFARLANE (GroomMinister for Industry) (14:24): I thank the member for his question but at this stage we are not working on the pretext that Holden is leaving the country; we are working on the pretext that the industry will continue. If the Labor Party were so concerned about the car industry's future, they would not have sat quietly by while Mitsubishi left the country, while Ford announced that they were leaving the country, while they introduced a $1.8 billion hit—

Ms Burke: Madam Speaker, on a point of order under 104(a): you do not find a more specific question than this. It is simply asking how many jobs would be affected and it deserves a decent answer.

The SPEAKER: The question was asked in the context of the car industry. The minister is relevant.

Mr IAN MACFARLANE: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I do not address hypotheticals but I am addressing the issue of the car industry—and the Labor Party has a very poor record when it comes to the car industry. The reality is that those of us on this side are working to give the car industry a future. We have a purposeful, methodical, measured approach to assessing the future of the car industry in Australia. Those who sit opposite just want to politicise the issue; they just want to frighten people about how many jobs might be lost if the chicken crosses the road. We are working on a solution for the car industry and we will continue to do so.