Putting to one side the pros and cons of whether the government should throw yet more money at Holden in an attempt to keep it going a little bit longer, it's alarming that up to 13,000 SA jobs could be lost in a knock-on effect if (far more likely, when) it finally closes its doors.
13,000 jobs is a big number for a state like SA to lose. After all, one job lost can be devastating for the person on the receiving end. What's even more alarming, though, is that last month alone 6,000 jobs were lost here, with the unemployment rate rising more rapidly than anywhere else in the country. In the last five months, 28,000 full-time jobs have been lost in this state.
So, pretty much every news bulletin has run with the will-they-or-won't-they-close story for weeks, and yet in less than half a year we've lost more than double what the worst case Holden scenario might bring and with hardly a mention?