Australia says good-bye to car-making as Holden closes doors

Car-making came to an end in Australia on Friday, as a red V8 Commodore sedan rolled off the production line at Adelaide’s Holden factory, the last of 7.6 million produced there.

“There are a number of people who have been here since the 1970s and today is a very emotional day for some and a very sad day,” the state secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, John Camillo, told reporters as about 1,000 Holden employees looked on and hundreds of enthusiasts blocked streets outside the factory.

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  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    And this is good for Australia how?
    I bet none of those workers will be able to find another job that pays as well as the one they used to have.

    • Cat-astrophe

      It is not intended to benefit Austraila.

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        Or at least not everyone in Australia.
        It turns out that free trade is mostly a myth.

    • Bataviawillem

      Maybe that’s part of the problem, union workers greed.

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        I used to reflexively think that too, now not so much.
        That might be 5% or 10% of the problem (union slothfulness), but I don’t think that’s all of it.
        I think how the company is run has a far greater effect on how much they can afford to pay their workers.
        Having SLIGHTLY overpaid workers is kind of a good thing for a country, as is always having a SLIGHT labor shortage.
        I think the nonsense that corporate America has done in the mergers and acquisition that is only designed to raise stock prices is the real ill here.
        I also think that the real end of the economic chain is not production but indebtedness and debt servicing.

  • The Buddhist Butterfly

    Sad.

  • ontario john

    It will make a great mosque. They can have assembly line conversions.

    • Cat-astrophe

      Behadings on the left, conversions on the right.
      At least they won’t have ovens….

      • Maggat

        Yet.

  • Cat-astrophe

    Predictions:
    The Auto industry as we know it will be completely gone in 10 years or less.
    Gas stations will become few and far between.
    rapidly replacing hydrocarbons will be increasing ethonal content, obsoleteing goasoline engines, even e-85 vehicles.
    Finally, there will be no stations selling gasoline at all.
    Electric cars for the rich. Buses for the rest.
    Rural lifestlye will collapse (suddenly) as traveling distances over 50 km one way will be all but impossible. (if you want to get home again cost effectivly)
    We have entered into the age of de-industrialization.

    • This was a plan.

    • I hate electric cars.

      • Cat-astrophe

        Get yourself a nice red, sporty seatless driverless electric car.
        You don’t even have to be seen in it as it tools around town doing whatever driverless cars do driving around on their own…

      • Drunk by Noon ✓

        Over the last 15-years, I have been getting the impression that lower qualities of life are being sold to us as more environmentally friendly and sustainable and cost effective when in reality it is all of us that are becoming poorer and less free.
        Houses are smaller and way less affordable, cares are smaller, our cities and schools are more crowded while our outdoor space is handed over to foreign people with strange customs that hate us.
        In return, we are given more baubles, and told that is the sole metric of our “increase in living standard”.

        • Cat-astrophe

          There you go getting into that new math again….

          • ntt1

            seriously look at all the unindicted planners advocating we live in sea cans and tiny houses ( dahmer and the unibomber were planners )

          • Drunk by Noon ✓

            Jeffrey Dahmer?
            I was unaware that he had any thoughts on remaking the urban landscaping other than through eating them and occasionally having sex with their corpses, which you have to admit is going to be a pretty hard-sell to middle America, with their clinging to guns, religion and tradition. They don’t take easy to new ideas.

          • ntt1

            he was way ahead on the curve with other planners ,they are restricting themselves for now, to tiny houses and battery chicken living conditions

        • Alain

          All part of the UN Agenda 21.

      • ntt1

        they just aren’t suitable to our climate even the wet coast ,Vancouver happily closed its last gas station recently. There is no gassing up in mayor moon beam’s(a tides product) progressive utopia but there is no alternative either so more and more people avoid going down town I drove through it 2 years ago when the second narrows was closed and that was the first time in years and I haven’t since.Electric cars might work in the down town core but there are no recharge points anyway.

        • disqusW6sf

          I don’t think they’re (teeny houses, electric cars)suitable in Canada period. We have a tough climate and long distances to travel. The electrical car isn’t suitable even in Italy…it has difficulty with hills. It stalls. Stupid car.

      • DMB

        Don’t forget public transit.

    • WalterBannon

      mad max owns the future

      the dystopia is coming

      • The Buddhist Butterfly

        I can’t wait!

      • ntt1

        does this mean we get to wear motocross rubber armor and get rad haircuts? I could shave the cat to a full mohawk and dye it blue ! . I’m so in.

      • Clink9

        Two men go in, one man come out.

        • disqusW6sf

          Sounds like Go Dog Go.

    • simus1

      Or the desharing of prosperity with those of the strong backs and unwanted moral mindsets.

    • Bataviawillem

      Your crystal ball is foggy.

      • Cat-astrophe

        No, I think its pretty clear what’s going on. Got another perspective? Please share.

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  • Maggat

    “federal and state governments had abandoned support for the automotive industry”
    Any industry that requires gov’t support is, in reality, a welfare program.

    • Alain

      In this case I suggest it is more than that, because one also needs to facture in the benefits for the few of depending on all cars being foreign made and cost of domestic jobs. Domestic prices can never compete with an open market to cheap labour and cheap production.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      If you look hard enough, it turns out that almost every business that hires lobbyists is working their own welfare plan.

  • Exile1981

    So when cheap cars from countries with crap quality control standards start killing people, who will be held responsible?

  • Dingo

    The reason for Toyota pulling out, Holden stopping production and virtually nothing getting manufactured in Australia is because of the retarded minimum wage. I have to pay a casual girl (waitress) in the hospitality industry $47 a hour on a public holiday to carry plates and take orders. The regular minimum wage is depending on age is about $20 a hour, it increases over weekends. Its a massive catch 22 situation and unfortunately its going to be a painful wakeup call for Aussies.

  • Brett_McS

    The car industry in Australia was never viable – too small a market – and has been a sinkhole for taxpayer’s money since it started. New Zealand did better by not having one.

  • DMB
    • simus1

      Aussie women champagne soshallasts aar the wauaust !

  • simus1

    Better car quality in everything from tires to tin bending at a lower overall price per mile is a hard taskmaster, a very hard taskmaster when it comes to the mass production of such items. Australia has good “car climate” too compared to any snow belt, if not to the south of France. As China becomes top investor in production machinery and top mass producer of product in the field, the “microwave oven effect” takes over. My first microwave was an early GE, assembled in Orangeville, cost $400. Last purchase was a Panasonic, made in China, $150.