Car industry could have been saved – but now is as good a time as any to lose your job

I feel sadness at the end of the car industry, and yet I must admit to having benefitted from the policies that led to its closure

Growing up I was always more of a Ford kid than Holden. I was in no way a rev-head but country South Australia in the 1980s being what it was you had to pick a side and I picked Ford.

I’m not sure why I chose Ford, and I never got too involved in schoolyard arguments over the two, but I was oddly happy when my parents in 1984 bought a Ford Laser rather than a Holden Astra.

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