Wrong way, go back

A SENATE inquiry looking into the future of Australia’s automotive industry has taunted the government with a plea that it continue to support parts makers beyond the closure of Ford, Holden and Toyota in 2017, and even open the public purse to automotive researchers. The Senate Economics References Committee’s interim report, released in August to little fanfare, made the case for taxpayer support for the industry until at least 2021. The government’s official response? Thanks, but it ain’t gunna happen.