Senate Inquiry into Holden withdrawal

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The MTA welcomed the announcement of a Senate Inquiry into the decision by General Motors (GM) to withdraw the Holden brand and its operations from Australia.

The Senate initiated the inquiry into the announcement by General Motors on 17 February to withdraw the Holden brand and operations from Australia. The Education and Employment References Committee will undertake the inquiry and a report is due by the first sitting day in May 2020.

The closing date for submissions is 20 March 2020 and we will making a submission on behalf of members.

You can access the Terms of Reference page for the Inquiry by clicking here.

If you are a Holden dealer, we encourage you to contact Industry and Government Engagement, Kaes Cillessen, as soon as possible so that your input can be included in our submission to the Federal Government. Click here to contact Kaes.

Many were shocked by this sudden blow to Holden dealers across the nation, impacting 21 dealerships in SA, their staff and loyal customers.

Holden dealers have invested significant capital in facilities, product and equipment over many years.

An inquiry will be essential for the Senate to look at the broader context of the Franchising Code. We cannot fix what has happened but by reviewing the way Holden has been withdrawn, hopefully we can learn some lessons to help other dealership franchises in the future.

The scope of franchising reform needs to go further than what is currently included in the Federal Government's draft regulations amending the Franchising Code of Conduct and must be implemented quickly to protect franchisees who are currently at the behest of manufacturers.