Monday, 19 October 2015 15:32

Automotive industry representatives and Senators Automotive industry representatives and Senators

The MTA WA along with the national body MTAA and other state MTAs and Chambers appeared before the Senate Economics References Committee currently conducting an inquiry into the Automotive Industry in Melbourne earlier this month.  Please note to read the full Senate Inqury transcript for Thursday 8 October 2015 you must be a member and log in.

Photo from left to right: Greg Patton MTA NSW CEO; Peter Donovan MTA NT CEO; Senator Ricky Muir; Stephen Moir MTA WA CEO; Geoff Gwilym VACC ED; Tony Sitch DP Essendon Nissan & Kia; Paul Unerkov MTA SA CEO; Senator the Hon. Kim Carr; Richard Dudley MTAA CEO; and Senator Janet Rice.

Prior to the hearing four of the five Senators and staff from the Committee along with MTA CEOs visited retail, repair service and associated businesses, hearing first hand from a new car franchised dealer, motor body repairers, tyre retailer and mechanical service provider and an LPG conversion business about matters impacting their businesses. These visits provided an excellent opportunity to highlight the issues being faced on a daily basis by businesses in the retail, service repair, and recycling sectors.

Representives from MTAA and all State automotive bodies discussed the following issues using real world examples provided first hand from representative member business owners and operators, with the Senate Committee:

  • franchise difficulties;
  • the pressures being experienced in the body repair sector as a result of the actions of insurance companies;
  • ACL and vehicle repair;
  • inconsistency across States on repairable write-offs and statutory write-offs; and
  • the urgent need to address the impending skills shortage through training.

After a morning of business visits, the Senate Committee then convened in Melbourne for a further face-to- face hearing. Again in a rare occurrence the MTAA and CEOs and Executive Director’s were all present at the hearing and provided evidence to the Senate Committee on a wide range of matters of concern to members.

It is extremely rare for such inquiries to make site visits and the Senators expressed appreciation to MTAA for suggesting and coordinating the visits and to the business owners for making their time and business available for the visit.

The MTA WA along with our sister MTAs and Chambers through the MTAA is finalising a final submission to the Automotive Inquiry, which is due to provide its report to Parliament in November 2015.

Read MTA WA's statement to the Senate Inquiry

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For more information on this submission or on the advocacy work MTA WA does please contact your Division Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 9233 9824.


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