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General Motor Holden's closure in Playford, South Australia: Analysis of the policy response and its implications for health

Published on Jun 20, 2019in Australian Journal of Public Administration1.311
· DOI :10.1111/1467-8500.12390
Kathryn Browne-Yung5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Flinders University),
Anna Marie Ziersch17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Flinders University)
+ 2 AuthorsJohn Spoehr5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Flinders University)
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