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Victoria. Labor. State Government Agencies to buy only Australian made cars.

November 30, 2012


FORD and its workers would be among the biggest beneficiaries of a Victorian Labor policy to make governments buy locally made cars.

The push to boost the number of Australian-made fleet vehicles is the first plank of the State Opposition’s jobs creation plan.

Australian governments bought 60,000 new cars last year of which less than a third were made locally.

Lara MP John Eren yesterday visited Ford’s Geelong plant to detail the commitment, which will mandate that all cars in the public sector must be built in the country.

Mr Eren, a former Ford worker who drives a Territory, said the scheme would not only protect but create employment.

The announcement follows the loss of 212 jobs from the Geelong and Broadmeadows plants on Friday, where those sacked were given no personal explanation for why they were chosen.

The Opposition’s commitment is positive news after a tumultuous period for the company’s workers.

“Last week we had a bad week with redundancies and compulsory packages, so to listen to John talk about their plan is fantastic,” Ford employee Jim Kontogeorgis said

“Encouraging people to buy local cars is important for Geelong and our families.”

City of Greater Geelong figures released in July showed 45 per cent of the council’s 253 vehicles were Australian-made, with Ford making up 16 per cent of its fleet.

Mr Eren urged the five councils in the G21 region to adopt the policy and support Ford.


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