Australia’s Productivity Commission says the federal Labor government’s plan to provide the domestic auto industry with a A$500 million ($479 million) subsidy to build more environmentally friendly cars is unlikely to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and will hurt the economy. But Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says the government will do it anyway. “The government’s view is we cannot stand to one side,” Rudd says. “The government has a responsibility to act, in partnership with industry, to ...

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