February 23rd 2019


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COVER STORY Something rotten led to fish-kill: perhaps fishy environmentalism

EDITORIAL Resistance grows to Beijing's soft-power push

CANBERRA OBSERVED Climate change: deadly ... to political leaders

TECHNOLOGY Electric cars: UK taxpayers subsidise rich greenies

BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION A step too small?

CYBER SECURITY Chinese smartphone threat extends way beyond Huawei

SOCIETY Such grandeur of spirit

POLITICS John Hewson should have as sturdy a Constitution

FINANCE Hayne royal commission sets agenda for bank reform

FAMILY RELATIONS Dad: a girl's first and most influential love

COMMENTARY Words gone feral: rights and equality

MEDICINE AND CULTURE Book captures tragedy of falling foul of a fanatic

SOCIETY AND CULTURE A dog's life: reflections of a grey nomad

HUMOUR

MUSIC Serialism a killer: Ideas tend to get in the way

CINEMA Cold Pursuit: Revenge served up manic

BOOK REVIEW Why the West and nowhere else

BOOK REVIEW The escalation of horror and atrocity

LETTERS

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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR INDUSTRY?

Ian Porter, with cartoons by Mark Knight and John Spooner

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The Australian car industry is almost 120 years old, and has become part of the nation’s industrial and social fabric. With protection from the federal government in the early years, and co‑investment more recently, the industry thrived, and dragged Australia out of the farm era and into the ranks of industrialised countries.

These days, the industry has provided a great return on the taxpayer investment; income tax paid by automotive workers repays the taxpayer three times over. But this was not good enough for prime minister Tony Abbott, or his austerity-minded treasurer, Joe Hockey. They decided to bully the carmakers into leaving so the government could save a few dollars.

What Happened to the Car Industry? tells this story more in sorrow than in anger. Accompanied by superb cartoons by Mark Knight and John Spooner, it is an indictment of political folly and industrial vandalism.

 

About the author

The first story Ian Porter wrote when he joined The Age in 1971 was about the car industry. The automotive sector has been the main theme in his journalism career, whether he was at The Age, The Advertiser, or The Australian Financial Review. He has reported from Europe, Japan, Korea, and China, and has also worked as a business editor, columnist, commentator, and motor-racing reporter.

John Spooner was a political cartoonist and illustrator with The Age newspaper in Melbourne from 1977 until this year. He has won four Walkley awards, five Stanleys, and the Graham Perkins Journalist of the Year Award (2003).

Mark Knight was appointed political cartoonist at The Australian Financial Review in 1984, before joining Melbourne’s The Herald in 1987 in the same role. In 1990, he became cartoonist for the newly merged Herald Sun and has since become that paper’s editorial cartoonist. He has won three Walkley awards, and in 2014 was named Cartoonist of the Year by the Museum of Australian Democracy.


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