Analysis | Holden boss Mike Devereux says no decision has been made on the future of its Australian operations.
Devereux made the unequivocal statement at today’s hearings of the Productivity Commission inquiry into assistance given to the auto sector.
It’s now anyone’s guess as to where that leaves the game of claim and counter claim that Holden has made a decision and is set to close its local operations in 2016.
Reports emerged on Friday via the ABC that a senior (but unnamed) federal minister had said Holden’s Detroit bosses had made their decision to announce the closure of the Australian operation.
That didn’t happen; another report then emerged in The Australian that the Detroit decision had been reversed.
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Adelaide | The first finding of the State Government’s planning review is that everybody is unhappy with the planning system – communities, councils, developers and government.
The review, led by Brian Hayes QC, will put out an options paper containing suggested changes to the system in May. This morning it released a report surveying all the feedback it had received via state-wide public workshops – and it seems every stakeholder wants change.
Local communities, councils and the Government are all dissatisfied with the way public consultation on planning and development issues works.
Communities feel they were only asked for their opinion on a policy or nearby development after a Government had made up its mind, or not asked at all.
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Adelaide | While the State Government pursues its “Vibrant Adelaide” agenda, the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy is quickly losing its vibrancy under the weight of spiralling power prices, local business leaders say.
The Government’s decision to raise power prices by between 50 per cent and 150 per cent for most businesses in 13 remote northern communities has crippled the local economy and has already led to many lost jobs, local businesses claim.
As at least one major business owner plans more sackings before Christmas, Coober Pedy businesses are preparing to make power prices an issue in the March state election.
The Government has declined to pursue a KPMG report suggesting that the communities be connected to the grid at a cost of about $50 million.
The Government said the subsi Full Story »