Kevin Rudd wants to give away $100,000 of taxpayers money per worker in the car industry to ensure that the industry doesn’t wither in the face of the global financial crisis. This is dumb policy. If he really wants to protect the industry he would be better off deferring the 2010 cut in tariffs or in offering general tax concessions. However ideally he shouldn’t be handing out a subsidy or deferring tariff cuts or distorting the tax system. Why are we protecting an industry that clearly struggles to be viable? Surely $6 billion on better roads or on tax cuts would be $6 billion better used?