This title was first published in 2001. The emergence and development of automobile production in Australia was a long, drawn out and costly business for car buyers and taxpayers. Wheels and Deals, is the story of some of the causes and effects of Australian Government policies on the local development of one of the most significant industries of the 20th century.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction: The Automobile Industry in Australia: A century of auto industry policy; False Start: The Early Years of Motoring and Automotive Manufacturing: The supply side; The demand side; The model T Ford in Australia; The tariff and the ’spoke-shave and hammer brigade’; Acceleration: The Accretion Model of Automotive Industry Development in Australia, 1919-1939: Tariffs as a source of revenue; The lobby; The role of the bureaucracy; Industry structure and performance; Tariffs and the ’motorization’ of society; The outcome of interwar ’policy’; Stalled: Politics and Government Policies of the Later 1930s: Trade diversion and the motor vehicle engine bounty proposal; National interest or self interest? Conflict and cooperation among the leading firms; Political conflict and the bounty scheme; War and the Motor Vehicles Agreement Act; A patriotic duty: Australian Consolidated Industries and the so-called monopoly; The end of the affair; Evaluation; The Canadian Connection: Early development of the industry in Canada; Market conditions; Trade barriers and foreign ownership; Trade barriers, automobile production and exports; Evaluation; Britain and Empire: Regaining the Australian market; Australian trade policy in the 1930s; British producers and Australian production; Post-Second World War: From proposal to manufacture: the establishment of an industry; The development of the industry in the 1950s; The local content plans, 1964-1983; The ’Button’ Car Plan and the Post-1992 Environment: A selective look at the post-Button Plan industry; A Summing-up: The 1990s and beyond; How protection shaped the Australian automotive industry in the 20th century; Bibliography; Index.
'... a fascinating and lively account of the development of the automobile manufacturing industry in Australia... an important contribution to Australian economic history... Conlon and Perkins have provided a valuable industry-level study...' Business History