It’s Over – Holden Quits Australia!
Victorian State Premier Denis Napthine has told state Parliament that Holden is leaving Australia.
Holden will cease manufacturing in Australia from 2017.
Mr Napthine said that it was “an irreversible decision made in Detroit.”
The announcement will send shockwaves across Australia with thousands of jobs to be lost particularly in South Australia and Victoria.
Workers were told of the details at Holden’s Port Melbourne facility at 2.00pm today.
Holden cited the high Australian dollar as a key motivating factor in the decision.
Funnily enough they didn’t mention the carbon tax, but Christopher Pyne’s probably already working on that as we speak.
Acting PM Warren Truss delivered some sort of Holden eulogy following the announcement.
The announcement from Holden can be found here.
The announcements comes just 24 hours after Joe Hockey issued a demand for Holden to “come clean” on its plans in Parliament…
HOCKEY DARES HOLDEN TO LEAVE AUSTRALIA!
“We want them to be honest about it, we want them to be fair dinkum,” he said.
“Because if I was running a business and I was committed to that business in Australia, I wouldn’t be saying that I haven’t made any decision about its future.
“Either you’re here or you’re not.”
It seems that Joe Hockey has been provided with the response he demanded.