The Australian Workers Union says a Government department's decision to buy foreign-made cars is a “slap in the face” to manufacturing workers.
The Herald Sun reports Energy Safe Victoria, a state government department that monitors gas and electricity supply, has bought 40 Japanese-made Toyota RAV4s to replace its aging Australian-made Holden Commodores.
The cost of the order was up to $1.5 million, and a spokesperson has already confirmed the department will “review its vehicle purchasing policy”.
Energy Safe Victoria said the RAV4 had better clearance, more storage space, and easier access compared to the Commodore wagon and sedan, and the improvements would offer better access to “challenging work sites”.
AWU state secretary Cesar Melham told the Herald Sun the VIC Premier should “reverse this decision immediately”.
“This is a waste of taxpayers' money and a slap in the face to workers in the manufacturing industry,” he said.
Earlier this year new figures showed sales of Australian-made cars were at record lows, with falling demand for most makes and models produced locally.