November 2019

29th November 2019

The impacts of the automotive industry closure are still felt two years down the track. The ABC has released an article discussing the struggles of retrenched workers to regain stable employment. 80% of workers from Holden OEM in Adelaide’s north have found work, but for most the working conditions are not as good as before.

Also in the month of November, Dr John Warmold and Kim Rennick have released their comprehensive book, National Policy, Global Giants : How Australia Built and Lost its Automotive Industry tackling the subjects of the auto industry’s growth and decline while eliciting what we can learn from its successes and failures.

Wormald and Rennick present and analyse the entire lifecycle of Australia’s automotive history – including its birth, growth, functioning and death – and its shifting relationship with the government that supported it.
Classic Holden outside Holden, Elizabeth: Last day of Operation | Photograph by Sandy Horne

FWFC Research

The effects of the closure of the auto industry on retrenched workers and the community are prevalent and will be for years to come. The more discussion that we see released around the subject, encourages the research team to also contribute their voices.

Earlier in the month, Professor Andrew Beer presented a conference paper in Bath, England that set out to better understand how regions that have experienced a major economic shock, such as the closure of the automotive industry in Australia, can establish a new economic future.

Bath Conference Paper

The team is in the process of seeking quotes for survey providers and looking to go into the field as soon as February 2020 to hear the stories of retrenched workers and the community through the Stream 1 longitudinal study.

Professor Andrew Beer: Project Leader | Photograph by Sandy Horne