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Perfect storm to hit automotive industry: Australian Motor Industry Federation chief

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Australian Motor Industry Federation chief Richard Dudley has predicted that the future is very dark for the Australian automotive industry.

As the Business Spectator reports, speaking at the national Press Club yesterday, Dudley said that the entire automotive industry, not just car manufacturers, is facing a “perfect storm”.

"So critical are the issues facing the entire industry that AMIF demands that within the first 100 days of the 44th Australian Parliament, the Government engages with industry and starts the development of a Green Paper (a preliminary report) and, ultimately, a White Paper, on the future of the automotive industry to be delivered within 12 months," he said.

Dudley emphasised that the industry includes more just manufacturing and noted that the automotive workforce decreased by 16,000 people last year.

He added, "Unless a more strategic, whole-of-industry approach is taken, then the resulting deluge may impact our ongoing reliance on road transport and the social and economic wellbeing of the nation."

The address comes as the Australian car manufacturing industry is at a crossroad. Ford Australia has decided to cease all automotive manufacturing in 2016 and Holden is aiming to renegotiate working conditions with its workforce in an effort to reduce costs.  

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