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MTAA and AMBRA calls on all motor body repairer business members to back call for a Senate Inquiry into the Motor Body Repair Industry

shutterstock_307558580.jpgThe Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) and the Australian Motor Body Repairs Association (AMBRA) have launched a petition through the new AMBRA website calling for a Senate Inquiry into the role of Insurers in the Motor Body Repair Industry.

The petition has been actioned following a recent AMBRA meeting where growing nationwide concerns were raised as the industry has reached a critical point around the dominance of insurers and the impacts these companies are having on the industry.

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The Motor Trades Association of Australia Limited (MTAA) today welcomed the tabling in Parliament of the final report of the Senate Economics Reference Committee Inquiry into the Australian automotive industry.

MTAA Chairman, Neville Gibb congratulated and thanked Senators and the Committee Secretariat on the year-long inquiry and final report, arguably the most comprehensive inquiry ever undertaken by Parliament into the whole of the Australian automotive industry.

‘MTAA supports all the recommendations and urges government to take full advantage of the work that has been undertaken and use the recommendations to help lay the foundations for an ongoing vibrant, successful and sustainable automotive industry Mr Gibb said.

The full report can be read here

MTAA and Members showcase sector businesses to Senate Committee Automotive Inquiry

The MTAA secured an opportunity for the Senate Economics References Committee currently conducting an inquiry into the Automotive Industry, to visit sector businesses in Melbourne, earlier this month.

Four Senators and staff from the Committee 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.

In the context of the Automotive Industry inquiry it was extremely important to provide this opportunity to the Senate Committee to enable them to see and hear first hand from representative member business owners and operators, increase awareness and understanding of problems and opportunities for retail, service repair, recycling and associated businesses, beyond automotive manufacturing.

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. The official transcript has been made available (view here).

It is extremely rare for such inquiries to make such 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.

MTAA is finalising a final submission to the Automotive Inquiry, which is due to provide its report to Parliament in November 2015.