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Holden decision dark day for SA: premier

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South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill says the closure of Holden’s manufacturing operations marks a black day for the state.

The premier says the government will support the company’s workers and their families and SA will overcome the challenge and emerge stronger.

But he has also condemned Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the federal government for failing to support the company.

“Holden’s decision to close its Elizabeth plant is devastating news for the workers and families who rely on the automotive industry,” Mr Weatherill said.

The iconic Holden Commodore. AAP

“Tony Abbott and his coalition government have turned their backs on this industry and the people in it.

“By cutting funding and, in the past week, by attacking Holden, Tony Abbott and the coalition have forced Holden out of Australia.”

Holden has announced it will end car and engine production in Australia by the end of 2017, with the loss of 2900 jobs across South Australia and Victoria.