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The Death of Holden: The End of an Australian Dream

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Holden is one of the few brands that has an emotional grip on Australia (Qantas being another). The closure of the Holden factory in Adelaide is not just the end of a business - it's the end of an era, of a story, and of a great Australian dream.

When Holden signalled that it would close its Adelaide factory, it struck at the very heart of Australian identity. Holden is our
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ebook, 336 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Hachette Australia
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Ilona
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic reporting that digs beneath the "jobs and growth" rhetoric. Puts names and faces to the crisis Australia is barrelling towards. The skills wastage. The lost opportunities.

One line sums it up:
"Australia seems to be pinning its hopes now on a service industry augmented by a tech industry it doesn't have and is too impatient to grow."

What does this attitude mean for our workforce and their families? Have we prepared for this, or have we buried our heads in the sand for too long?

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Sarah
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book provides an excellent overview of the social implications of the closure of the vehicle industry in Australia. Journalist Royce Kurmelevos interviews many of the front line workers working for Holden plants in both Geelong and Elizabeth and captures the extent to which post
'one of the biggest moments in Australian history' is made, how redeployment will be difficult and that low paid small business options; the aged care sector or long term unemployment become the main labor market op
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Lou Grimm
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: given-to-me
Kurmelovs must have done a mountain of research into what the media describes as a simple issue of cost-effectiveness - the result is a heart-rending story about the people it affects, people just like the rest of us, raising children and working to live.
Local politicians positively spin the opening of the latest Hungry Jack’s franchise as ‘good for local jobs’ because the official youth unemployment rate in the area is pushing 17 per cent or higher.
And yet the Australian car industry closure
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Les Roche
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked the way that the author Royce Kurmelovs writes. This book is very easy to read, broken into many small chapters, enabling the book to be one of those ones that you pick up and put down as you have small bits of time to read.

The book covers much more than just the death of Holden, it really covers the entire death of manufacturing in Australia, the impact it has had / will have on regular Australians, and the role that the ideology of the Abbott / Hockey government had in killing
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Alan Hale
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Written by someone who is obviously concerned with social equity. Well worth a read.
Louise Omer
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
A compassionate look at the human cost of economic decisions. Super easy reading.
Galen
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-reported and incredibly grim reading.
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Royce Kurmelovs is an Australian freelance journalist and author of The Death of Holden (2016), Rogue Nation (2017) and Boom and Bust (2018). He lives in Adelaide, South Australia.


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