The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN ( 16:18 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation and Automotive Transformation a question regarding the impact of Holden’s closure in 2017.
The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN: May I add my congratulations to the minister on his elevation to cabinet. It was reported in The Advertiser on 29 September 2014 that the Workplace Futures Survey report found that 33 per cent of northern Adelaide businesses reported at least some risk of closure as a result of the auto industry shutdown. The study found that the greatest blow will be suffered by sectors outside manufacturing, with more than half of local retailers expecting profits to nosedive.
Business SA chief, Nigel McBride, has warned that, in an already challenging retail environment of high rents and growing online competition, northern suburbs retailers are facing tough times. My question to the minister is: given that the government is providing assistance packages to manufacturing businesses, what strategies has the government put in place to assist businesses outside the manufacturing sector that will likewise be affected by Holden’s closure in 2017?See full session on Hansard