City of Melbourne gets lean and keen

By Kate Jackson The City of Melbourne was in the spotlight following the Australasian Lean Thinking and Practice Summit, held in Melbourne in May 2013. More than 200 people came to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to hear Dr Jim Womack, the founder of the Lean movement, and numerous other speakers, to learn how […]

Combet to head South Australia’s automotive recovery

By Paul Hemsley After retiring from politics at the September 2013 federal election, former Minister for Industry and Innovation Greg Combet has found a new role right up his alley mitigating the predicted fallout from the planned closure of General Motors Holden’s factory doors in South Australia by 2017. As the South Australian government continues […]

Holden departure throws open government fleet business

By Julian Bajkowski Government fleet buyers across Australia in all sectors will be forced to reassess their procurement plans after iconic carmaker General Motors Holden confirmed that it will cease local production in 2017, leaving Toyota as the last onshore manufacturer. The confirmation has big implications for the federal fleet sector as well as Victorian […]

Holden’s subsidy demand spells more doubt for fleet buyers

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley Australian public sector fleet buyers are facing fresh uncertainty over the future of General Motors Holden’s domestic manufacturing operations Australia after the carmaker reportedly demanded another $265 million from the federal government in addition to the $275 million that Canberra has already committed to keep the Aussie icon’s factories […]

Combet blasts councils for buying too many foreign cars

By Paul Hemsley Federal Minister for Industry and Innovation Greg Combet has attacked state and local governments for not buying enough Australian-made cars for their vehicle fleets, suggesting that 70 per cent of local government purchases come from foreign manufacturers. Mr Combet’s sharp criticism over the low purchasing rate of locally-made cars comes as Ford […]

Holden facilities driven to government assistance

Automotive facilities for GM Holden have received government funds to support a long term Australian presence. Supporting Holden until 2022, the government co-investment package from the Commonwealth, Victorian and South Australian Governments will total at $275 million, with an additional $1 billion from Holden for further design and manufacturing programs. The Holden investment will contribute […]


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