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The stylish EK Holden, 1961

When Holden made the decision to close its Elizabeth plant it was the moment when Australian car manufacturing finally faced extinction. For the people of Elizabeth it has brought them face to face with an unknown future – not just Holden workers but suppliers and parts manufacturers. Royce Kurmelov’s book The Death of Holden explores the human cost of the shutdown and exposes the weaknesses in the ‘start-up’ economic theory that’s being offered as an alternative future.

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