KEEP IT GOING

Tom Raybould, email

WELL said, Bob Kotmel (Stage Write, SM, Mar ’17). As an ex-FPV/Ford employee, I totally agree; instead of reducing import tariffs, put the money into the brains trust that exists within the automotive manufacturing field to keep manufacturing going in Australia. Even a onemake range of vehicles – say, Falcon sedan/ ute plus Territory, in four-, six- and eight-cylinder guises – and then let the aftermarket loose and do their thing to trick them up. It would have kept people employed for years to come, and the flow-on effect would have been huge, with further ongoing employment by the small manufacturers. As it is, I believe one job lost by the automotive sector equals another eight on the outside. Shame on them.