Panel to discuss life after Holden in SA

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Politicians, academics and union leaders will come together to discuss the looming closure of car maker Holden in Adelaide and its likely impact on the state economy.

Flinders University's Australian Industrial Transformation Institute will host the public discussion on Wednesday with federal opposition industry spokesman Kim Carr among the speakers.

Institute director John Spoehr says Holden's closure is expected to result in the direct loss of 3000 jobs, mainly in Adelaide's northern suburbs, with flow-on effects for 500 or so suppliers which employ up to 12,000 other workers.

Professor Spoehr says economic conditions have improved since Holden revealed its plan to end Australian production three years ago.

"However the state is still heading for the largest economic shock we have experienced in the past 20 years," he said.

"While efforts to try and reduce the impact of the closure on auto workers are making a difference, the fact remains that thousands of well-paid jobs are being lost, intensifying competition for job vacancies.

"Investments in accelerating industry diversification remain critical along with generating short-term job opportunities through high levels of public investment in social and physical infrastructure projects."

Others to take part in Wednesday's forum include Australian Manufacturing Workers Union state secretary John Camillo, South Australian Employment Minister Kyam Maher and local federal MP Nick Champion.

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