Secret remote vehicle stopping technology to end high-speed chases
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Secret remote vehicle stopping technology to end high-speed chases

A secret European Union project that would allow police to remotely turn off vehicle engines could make dangerous high-speed chases and road spikes a thing of the past. The UK's Telegraph newspaper reports a committee of senior EU police officers has devised a strategy dubbed 'Remote Stopping Vehicles' designed to give them the power to halt any vehicle in the name of public safety...


Holden exit "won't crash" South Australian economy, says Deloitte
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Holden exit "won't crash" South Australian economy, says Deloitte

The planned closure of Holden's manufacturing operations in 2017 will slow but "won't crash" South Australia's economy, according to a new economic report. Despite the local car maker's impending exit, Deloitte Access Economics' quarterly Business Outlook report predicts continued annual economic growth in the state of around one per cent for the next four years – about half that of the rest of the country...


Macfarlane to Toyota Australia workers: "very high chance" of closure without reforms
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Macfarlane to Toyota Australia workers: "very high chance" of closure without reforms

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane believes there's a "very high chance" Toyota will stop building cars in Australia if its employees do not accept revised workplace agreements. Macfarlane told ABC News today talks between the federal and Victorian governments in Melbourne this week had not delivered a plan to save the Altona-based car maker and the state’s automotive parts suppliers, but said the two agreed changes to “archaic” workplace arrangements were vital...


Industry minister dismisses SA premier's post-Holden plan as pre-election stunt
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Industry minister dismisses SA premier's post-Holden plan as pre-election stunt

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has dismissed South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill's post-Holden plan for the state as a pre-election stunt with no substance. Weatherill yesterday announced his rescue plan for workers displaced by Holden's decision to cease production by the end of 2017, proposing 14 initiatives targeted at re-skilling and re-employing workers and supporting the diversification of industries and employment opportunities in South Australia...


South Australia reveals post-Holden job plan
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South Australia reveals post-Holden job plan

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has announced his rescue plan for workers displaced by Holden's decision to cease production by the end of 2017. Dubbed 'Our Jobs Plan', the proposal includes a four-year, $60 million state government commitment to 14 initiatives designed to prepare South Australia for Holden’s manufacturing exit, and asks for an additional $330 million commitment from the Federal Government...


NSW Senator proposes motorist-set speed limits, 140km/h freeways
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NSW Senator proposes motorist-set speed limits, 140km/h freeways

Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm has proposed road rule changes that would replace existing speed limits with those set by motorists. A NSW senator, and former chairman of the NSW Shooters Party, Leyonhjelm is proposing all Australian states adopt an 85th percentile method of setting speed limits, meaning motorists, not "anonymous unelected bureaucrats", would set limits...


Prime Minister announces $100m fund for displaced Holden workers
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Prime Minister announces $100m fund for displaced Holden workers

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced a $100 million fund to help displaced automotive manufacturing industry workers find new jobs in South Australia and Victoria following Holden's decision to stop production in 2017. Abbott told reporters the $100 million fund would be used to "invest in potential employment-generating projects in South Australia and in Victoria"...


Greg Combet to head SA automotive industry transformation taskforce
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Greg Combet to head SA automotive industry transformation taskforce

Former federal government minister Greg Combet has been appointed South Australia's automotive transformation coordinator in a role that will see him oversee the evolution of the industry over the coming years. The appointment follows Holden's announcement that it will end production at its Elizabeth assembly plant in South Australia - and its Port Melbourne engine plant in Victoria - at the end of 2017...


Fringe benefits tax rule changes officially scrapped
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Fringe benefits tax rule changes officially scrapped

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has deemed the car industry "back open in Australia" following confirmation that the Coalition Government will scrap the controversial fringe benefits tax (FBT) rule changes proposed by the previous government. Announced in July by then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the FBT changes were intended to save the government $1...


Holden going ahead with plant upgrades for new models: report
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Holden going ahead with plant upgrades for new models: report

Holden will reportedly implement upgrades to its South Australian assembly plant this summer in preparation for production of the next-generation Commodore and Cruze, despite still having no guarantee of government funding beyond 2016...


Fatalities of young motorists down more than any other age group
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Fatalities of young motorists down more than any other age group

The percentage of young Australian adults killed in road crashes has decreased more than any other age group over the past five years, though young people remain over-represented in roll toll statistics overall. A report by the Federal Government’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, ‘Young Adults and Road Safety’, found the number of road crash fatalities involving motorists aged 15-24 fell 29 per cent from 2007 to 2012 (385 to 273)...


Australian automotive manufacturing industry exit to cost economy $21.5b
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Australian automotive manufacturing industry exit to cost economy $21.5b

Approximately $21.5 billion would be wiped from the Australian economy if the automotive manufacturing industry collapsed in 2018, according to research commissioned by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI)...


Holden to cease production within four years, say ministers: report
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Holden to cease production within four years, say ministers: report

Senior ministers reportedly believe Holden will end its manufacturing operations within three or four years regardless of whether the Federal Government offers it financial assistance for the future. The Fairfax report says the ministers' perceived view of Holden's supposed planned exit has created divisions within the government, with some opposed to giving the embattled car maker further funding...


Toyota Australia taking "urgent action" on local manufacturing
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Toyota Australia taking "urgent action" on local manufacturing

Toyota Australia employees face an uncertain future, with the local manufacturer announcing it is taking "urgent action" in seeking a variation of the terms and conditions of its workplace agreement. The Port Melbourne-based manufacturer says the proposed changes to the terms and conditions are intended to “keep the company at the negotiating table for future investment opportunities” and improve the long-term viability of its local operations...


Government begins review into support of Australian car industry
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Government begins review into support of Australian car industry

The Federal Government has commenced its review into its support of Australia's automotive manufacturing industry as it formally seeks to find the best solution for the sector going forward. Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey submitted the terms of reference to the Productivity Commission yesterday outlining the scope of the inquiry and the proposed process to be taken...


Holden boss's departure creates "very dangerous situation" for industry: SA Premier
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Holden boss's departure creates "very dangerous situation" for industry: SA Premier

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill says the promotion of Holden chairman and managing director Mike Devereux to a new role with General Motors in China leaves the local automotive manufacturing industry in a "very dangerous situation"...


Northern Territory returns open speed limits in road safety trial
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Northern Territory returns open speed limits in road safety trial

The Northern Territory Government will reintroduce open speed limits on a stretch of the Stuart Highway as part of a 12-month trial program beginning next year. A 200km section of the highway between Barrow Creek and Alice Springs will be trialled without speed limits for one year from February 1, 2014...


Speed camera rule changes allow Vic Police to hide behind trees, on hills
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Speed camera rule changes allow Vic Police to hide behind trees, on hills

Controversial changes to Victoria's speed camera rules will allow police to hide behind trees and road signs and position themselves at the bottom of hills in the name of camera operator safety. A News Limited report reveals the new policy changes – which come into effect immediately – that claim to be designed to protect mobile speed camera operators from motorists by allowing them to hide behind bushes, poles and other fixed objects...


Holden tells Government increasing exports is unrealistic: report
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Holden tells Government increasing exports is unrealistic: report

Holden has reportedly told the Federal Government that its demands to increase vehicle export numbers are unrealistic. The Australian Financial Review quotes senior government sources that claim Holden has told the government the business case for an expanded export program is not economically viable...


Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party forms Palmer Senate alliance
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Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party forms Palmer Senate alliance

Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party (AMEP) senator-elect Ricky Muir will form an alliance with the Palmer United Party (PUP) in the Senate, giving the five-month-old automotive-focused party and mining billionaire Clive Palmer more power in the Federal Parliament. Muir (pictured top) confirmed his intention to join forces with the three PUP senators in the Upper House and form a voting alliance with the trio from July 2014...