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Promoting Holden magazines on the back of the General Motors decision

Mark Fletcher
December 14th, 2013 · 1 Comment

holden-magazineWhile it may be opportunistic and/or bad taste, I wonder if there is value in us promoting or drawing attention to Holden themed titles with a get them while you can or similar promotion. While I am sure these titles will be published for many years, there would be nothing stopping us trading off fear .I’m not advocating this, just asking the question.

On the decision by GM to quit manufacturing in Australia, it’s disappointing. I worked for the company as an IBM Systems Programmer three years before starting my software company. While I enjoyed my two years there, the future of such labour intensive manufacturing in Australia was challenged the moment the world embraced a more global approach to trade.

You can’t have a fair global economy when resources central to manufacture are priced so differently in different countries and where some countries bend fair trade rules to make local products financially more appealing. We as a country need decide how we see ourselves playing in the global economy. We need economic settings that facilitate developing industries that are globally competitive. We need education policies that create a workforce that serves this.

The settings over multiple federal and state governments, covering decades, have failed us, they have not positioned Australia for the global market nor have they not positioned us as they might for the information age of this century.


Category: magazines · Social responsibility

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 mc // Dec 25, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    It should be remembered that exeedingly few people in the world buy Commodores any more. Australians don’t, and GM stopped trying to sell them in the Middle East a few years ago. The Chinese and Americans aren’t buying enough (despite being featured by GM in NASCAR). 80% of Australian Camrys are exported.


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