Australian auto makers are asking the federal government for a “serious review” of the A$3 billion ($2.8 billion) assistance plan, the freezing of tariff cuts and “real assistance,” including a rebate to develop hybrid cars, The Australian newspaper reports. Industry observers say the domestic Big Four are concerned the Labor Party, now well ahead in polling, will defeat Prime Minister John Howard's government in a Nov. 24 election. The current industry-aid program was initiated under ...

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