The Australian Labor government announces a Sept. 7 federal election and launches its campaign with a promise of A$200 million ($178.2 million) in new funding for the automotive industry. Industry Minister Kim Carr says the money is to ensure Australia's vehicle-manufacturing sector has a strong future and continues to provide high-skill, high-wage jobs. The scheme includes a mandated 100% Australian-made target for the purchase of federal fleet passenger vehicles. Officials will ...

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