More federal funding required for Toyota

More federal funding required for ToyotaVictoria's Liberal premier is all set to put forward his argument for more federal funding to keep Toyota building cars in Australia, saying that all players must "give every opportunity" to ensure the carmaker's local operations stay in place.

Denis Napthine speaking at the first Council of Australian Governments (Coag) meeting since Tony Abbott became prime minister called on his state and territory counterparts to adopt a "buy local" policy for their vehicles. A Federal Court ruling halting any variations to Toyota Australia's workplace agreement is the latest roadblock threatening the car maker's local manufacturing future.

Yesterday, Justice Mordy Bromberg supported the four Toyota Australia employees who had lodged a complaint with the Federal Court saying that the company could not diverge from the conditions of its workplace agreement until the current contract expired in March 2015.

Bromberg directed Toyota Australia to stop any action to vary the workplace agreement, including the employee vote that was scheduled to take place today.

Toyota Australia marked changes to its workplace agreement in October, announcing the need to take "urgent action" if it was to shore up the future of its local manufacturing operations.