Bailing out the Biggins


Ford Australia announced that they are going to shut up shop in 2016.

There has been much anguish in the media and from blogs about how bad this is.

Everything and everyone has been blamed from the Carbon tax ,tariffs Government etc.

Ford are closing shop because they have failed (IN AUS at least) to keep up with the changing car market.

Not Many people these days want a big gas guzzling V8 or even a V6 that are more expensive, less fuel efficient and less well built than what you get from overseas markets and sold next door in dealerships and sometimes by the same dealerships.

I am mainly talking about cars that come from Asia now.

The stigma that Asian cars are somehow inferior is well and truly in the past. They are well-built, efficient, comfortable, and mainly much cheaper.

In effect, with the Asian cars you get very good value for your dollar. Stick with an Aussie build and you are paying for the name and get an inferior product.

We must face up to the fact that we do live in a global world now. People know it and spend their money wisely on what they get for their dollar – not some patriotic rubbish about buying Australian.

Buy Australian by all means if the product is as good and the same or close to quality but I am not going to buy a dearer, inferior product just because it is Australian .

So Ford announces in a very roundabout way that they are going to close manufacturing in Australia in 2016.

Approximately 1600 people will lose their jobs.

Sad, but at least they have had warning – and if past experiences are anything to go by, those workers will be offered incentives (i.e. cash) to stay with the company until it does close. Otherwise, everyone will be looking for another job and Ford may close earlier than expected due to lack of staff .

At least they have gotten a fair amount of warning that they are going to be out of work,

What about the people that turn up to their factory and find the gates locked by administrators? Or the bloke out driving long distance who gets a phone call 2000 ks from home saying you can go as far as what fuel you have left then find your own way home as the fuel cards will no longer work?

Where is the public angst ,media outrage and the political promises for these poor people?

Where is the cash for “retraining”? The counsellors to help them through? The extra payments so the PM or whoever is in power looks like they care?

The big companies when they go bust get all the media. But no one seems to care about the little companies.

This a failing of both major parties – Labor and the Coalition – and the announcement by the PM that the government is going to throw millions at 1600 workers that at least have 3 years before they are out of work is vote buying at its most obvious.

Doesn’t matter if it is Labor or the Libs – it is still wrong.

Both Ford and General Motors (the American owners of Holden) have sussed out that Australia is no longer a viable, profitable market for them.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

In my little way I used to buy exclusively American equipment, but have now purchased a European vehicle and am kicking myself that I didn’t buy one sooner.

Ingrained prejudices in industries are hard to break, but government bailing out old useless industries should stop.


1,140 thoughts on “Bailing out the Biggins

  1. And I’d also lay bets on one of those cushy jobs being awarded to one Chris Kenny. That guy is on a promise. I think I have finally figured out what the promise is.

  2. confessions,

    The asbestos-riddled NBN plays beautifully into that.

    Turnbull’s continuing to push that barrow tonight on Lateline, isn’t he?

    You know, I listened to The World Today when I was out in the car at lunchtime. They had on a Professor of Occupational Health, who had spent 40 years specialising in Asbestosis and Mesothelioma.

    He said the chance of an asbestos fibre escaping from the cement it was encased in down in the pits, once torn up and placed above ground, was negligable. It’s his life’s work and reputation he is putting on the line there with that assessment, and he said the people in the houses, on whose lawns the asbestos concrete was placed after it was taken out of the pits, had absolutely nothing to fear from it.

    So, it’s a beat-up by the Murdoch media and the Opposition, in order to kill some effective Labor Members in Lindsay and Ballarat, essentially.

  3. spacekidette,
    The words, ‘impartial’ and ‘journalist’, are meaningless when it comes to Chris Kenny.

    Anyone who has been Alexander Downer’s Chief of Staff must be compromised.

  4. Ian,

    I agree. It really is forward thinking. Run the oppositions ‘vision’ it is repeal this, repeal that, destroy this, destroy that and the best of their vision for Australia is to sit on their hands and do nothing.

    Unless of course you are one of their key ‘sponsors’.

  5. c@t,

    I just think that, given the PM and her teams record of out thinking the opposition this is being set up. The LNP are already into a scandal driven ” beat up everything ” campaign. They haven’t paid any attention to the kids of the nation. Labor has..consistently…for over 3 years.

    Why enter into a tax shitfight? Why enter into a mining shitfight? The odds are weighed against the Government.

    As I see it, the best way to turn things around is to pick your own ground to fight on. One where you know the terrain. What’s solid, what’s not. Very much as NormanK and Bushfire have been saying.

    Challenge Murdoch, through Abbott and the LNP, to devalue the worth of the nations children…..if he’s game.

  6. The Liberals had to run with asbestos. They’re clean out of ideas, and they’re willing to grab onto anything they can. We saw their efforts last week to beat up an asylum seeker issue – the Egyptian guy – into a national security crisis. They’ve failed utterly at that one. They gradually got themselves cornered into just blathering about the number of boats that have turned up, and they know that one’s a loser for them. The more they talk about it the worse it gets, until you have Mesma misrepresenting an entire other country.

    They must be thanking their lucky stars somebody found some asbestos in a pit. Now they can carry on as if the ALP put it there just to kill people (I assume that’s what they’re getting at with all those pink batts references). They’re slowly getting driven back on that one too, as their various assertions get shot down one by one. They’ve gone back to saying the ALP should have gone more slowly with the project now. I have no idea how that’s going to prevent the asbestos from being where it is, but I’m sure they know best. It should have been sorted out yesterday when Turnbull brought it up in QT. He got the answers he was looking for, but they weren’t the answers he wanted; too many facts in there. At any rate, the story ends there because the ALP brought it up with Telstra on a number of occasions and got their assurances and I think Shorten tabled all that yesterday. So it’s Telstra’s responsibility, totally clear cut, and they’re even taking responsibility for it.

    It wasn’t the end of the matter because the Coalition decided to just keeping talking about it as if no answers were provided. There’s your media breakdown. The story ends but the narrator keeps on talking. Story of this entire term.

    As I said, they have to talk about this because they’ve been cornered on topics to discuss. I have written a blog post about this, by the way. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do with it, but I’ll offer it up if anyone can tell me how to go about it. It’s about a week and a half old, so I hope it’s not out of date.

  7. Everything required for the first day of data collection tomorrow is done – even unto my lunch.

    So I shall wish you all a good night, and look forward to a brief visit tomorrow evening.

    Take care, all.

  8. I agree about the LNP efforts of the last fortnight and more as being unusually chaotic/incoherent by their standards, but the problem as I see it is whether people who aren’t political junkies are going to get the chance to observe this lack of coherence. The media coverage just fixates on polls instead so every story is framed around ‘Gillard is doomed’, conveniently skipping the rest of the story.

  9. C@tmomma
    Just saw your comment about Slipper and Katter voting with the opposition and I have to disagree.

    Earlier tonight I said yhat I’d noticed they had both been voting with the opposition last week and this week. Since saying that there have been a few more votes and they have continued to support the opposition.
    It has nothing to do with their tender concern for fishing businesses and everything to do with their own self-interest. Both are trying to shore up conservative votes in their electorates. They will be able to put out campaign propaganda saying ‘I voted with the opposition x% of the time and with Labor only y%.

    Katter being there for so many votes is most unusual, he usually stays away when there are divisions. And Slipper – what can I say? after the way he’s been treated he’s still supporting the bastards and whatever shonky delaying tactics they are using this week.

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