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SA Treasurer wants more support for ex-Holden workers

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South Australian treasurer Tom Koutsantonis will meet federal Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane next week in an effort to secure more assistance from the Federal Government for former Holden workers.

As the ABC reports, the Federal Government pledged a support package for Holden workers following the announcement in April last year that they would lose their jobs.

However, according to Mr Koutsantonis, more assistance will be needed before Holden finally stops manufacturing at its Elizabeth plant in 2017. To this end, he would like to meet not only Mr MacFarlane but also Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey.

"Ian McFarlane needs to understand and realise that the impacts, that the decisions they're making in the Cabinet room in Canberra are having a real impact in South Australia," Mr Koutsantonis told the SMH.

"They need to acknowledge that. Second, they need to acknowledge their rescue packages have to be larger."

In January, the South Australian Government proposed an assistance plan that would have cost the federal government $333 million.

It released a comprehensive plan including 14 programs which it wanted the Commonwealth to fund. The state government itself would have contributed just $60 million to the plan over four years.

The Federal Government did not meet the South Australian government’s wishes, but pledged a $100 million package for redundant auto workers from both South Australia and Victoria. According to the SMH, by early April the fund was “underfunded and in disarray”.

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