Auto assistance fund program delayed

appears to have been delays in the delivery of the federal government’s pledged
$100 million assistance package, announced after Holden revealed its decision to end manufacturing in Australia.

Fairfax reports that only $72 million has so far been pledged to the program – made up
of $60 million from the federal government and $12 million from the Victorian
state government.

of the SA and Victorian economies, part of assistance announcement, have not
been presented to cabinet. A March deadline had been set for the reports to be delivered.

preliminary report on Victoria has not been given to industry minister Ian
Macfarlane, but Fairfax claims it has not been discussed “despite the minister’s
best efforts”.

is due to meet next on April 14. 


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