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Australian car-making ends with last GM plant closing

Australian car-making ends with last GM plant closing”

"You can't get away from the emotional response to the closure", he told 3AW radio.

South Australia state Premier Jay Weatherill said auto manufacturing was seminal to the state's industrial know-how.

Holden communications director Sean Poppitt said everyone who finished up on Friday would leave with their heads held high.

It said only eight per cent were still looking for work and, while no figures were available, had no reason to doubt that a similar result would be achieved with those who stayed to the end.

With 85 per cent of all workers to date successfully transitioning, we've worked closely with our people to support them.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union estimates 2500 jobs could be lost across Holden and its supplier network when the plant shuts, but exact numbers are hard to gauge.

AMWU state secretary John Camillo said some would find other fulltime work, some part-time or casual positions, and others would be forced to retire.

'And that's the tragedy about what's happening today, ' he said.

There had been debate about whether the 7 billion Australian dollars ($5.5 billion) that the government spent on the vehicle industry in subsidies since 2001 was worth the jobs that it created.

"History will remember this as the greatest betrayal of blue-collar workers".

"Tomorrow will be an emotional day for Holden workers and their families and my thoughts are with them at what is a hard time", Mr Wingard said.

Holden Ltd., an Australian subsidiary of the of a US automotive giant, built its last vehicle nearly 70 years after it created Australia's first, the FX Holden, in 1948.

"It's pretty sad that it's gone this way". "Life will go on", Kane said.

Holden is an iconic Australian brand and has been a source of national pride for generations.

His main concern was that "for every one person at Holden, there's five people in the supply chain outside".



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