This is clearly not the support Holden was hoping for.
The company has been in discussions with the government, seeking an assistance package for its local manufacturing operations. Without it, car-making in this country will cease permanently.
So the company's executives might have been surprised by the news today: Holden will be pulling out of Australia in 2016 – according to (unnamed) senior government sources.
Holden itself says that no such decision has been made.
The company's response was relayed by Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane, who was probably equally surprised by his colleagues' announcement. His office says discussions with the company are continuing and the government is awaiting a Productivity Commission report.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott this morning called on Holden to make its intentions clear, before saying there will be no extra taxpayer support for the company.
Abbott says the company appears to be in "two minds" about its future.
It would be reasonable to point out that the government also appears to be in two minds about Holden's future.
"The ABC has been told the announcement was supposed to be made this week but has been put off until early next year. Holden says discussions with the Government on its future are continuing, and it says it does not respond to speculation. Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says he has spoken to Holden and they have denied the reports."
Also: Abbott urges Holden to clarify intentions (Business Spectator)
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