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COVER STORY Fixing Australia: Can we trust the Morrison Government?

ENERGY Yallourn early closure more than a mere challenge, Mr Premier

CANBERRA OBSERVED Can Labor learn a lesson or is it unredeemable?

NATIONAL AFFAIRS High power prices lead to more deaths of elderly

GENDER POLITICS Catholic Ed's document strong on doctrine, weak on protocols

ENERGY Renewables do push up power price: Chicago economists

OBITUARY The eminence of Dr Joe Santamaria

HISTORY OF SCIENCE Faith and reason and Father Stanley Jaki, Part 6: Medieval Christendom sparks a revolution

ENVIRONMENT As many Pacific islands are rising as are sinking

ASIAN AFFAIRS Uyghurs lose in ethnic power play

POETRY AND HISTORY The epic of the White Horse

HUMOUR On patrol with Father Bruce

MUSIC Joao Gilberto: Carrier of melodies

CINEMA Crawl: Toothful entertainment

BOOK REVIEW America's postwar boom and its end

BOOK REVIEW The story of the drafting of a great document

BOOK REVIEW The facts behind an undying distortion

LETTERS

POETRY

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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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