Personal slights, 'everyone knows', rants worthy of Cash-for-comment radio and one word silver bullets. Nothing new there. I don't think any less of anyone for voting LNP, Labor or the Greens; they're only doing what they think is right. Hell, I used to vote Green until recently as I have already confessed.
There's no silver bullet other than to kill that neo-liberalism beast that's off-shored, privatised and destroyed our old fashioned sense of social cohesion. We need to stop perusing the imaginary level playing field and start looking after our own people.
So to use Trump speak, things are bad, real bad. Pockets of high youth unemployment has been an issue for decades and nothing done to date has solved it. My concern is the growing working poor as we look headed down the US path. The world is quite different than it was in the 1950’s, let alone 1970-80’s. I accept that theoretically anything is possible however an open mind doesn’t equate to losing it
Don't vote Green then, they'll only make it worse. I recall watching Q&A earlier this year and one of those dipsy Green senators was waffling on about the squillions of jobs in green industries absorbing the unemployed. Seriously? All those panels and windmills are made overseas... they have no idea.
The only conclusion that I can come to is that we need some degree of protection for Australian industries and start treating other nations bi-laterally (the same as they treat us). For example, why let Chinese nationals buy up residential property here when we can't do that in China? It's depriving Australians of good, affordable housing in Sydney and Melbourne. Treat Chinese buyers in exactly the same manner as Australians are treated in China - it's only common sense.
Back in the day, 89 to 97 I lived in Tassie, initially for uni then later worked there. My GF at time had a brother who worked for the Burnie Paper and Pulp Mill before they were forced to clean up their emissions. Its hard to imagine now that driving into town you'd be hit with this toxic choking cloud and the sea had colour and froth and was unfit for swimming.
Ironically he became a hardline Greenie and back then I was younger than him and not experienced enough to argue his conflict of interest with this and other. Anyway, he promoted the Green jobs as tourist guides etc to take Tassie forward.
25 years later
- The bulk of Tasmanian heavy industry has since closed including the Pulp mill (although operated cleaning for about 15 years) and much of the timber industry has since collapsed as over priced and increased use of recycle paper. Note this guys was converting his fathers farm to 50% timber and bought his own.
- Burnie's population has contracted by 10% over 20 years.
- The so called Green jobs have no materialised. Even in UAE if people ask me Tas or NZ, I say NZ Sth Island. Its larger, prettier, cheaper, more options and has less red tape to prevent you enjoying the out doors. In the late 90's mid 2000's the other issue was log trucks. Anyone I know who went to Tas on holidays complained about log trucks after +million tonnes was pulled from rail, much of this is now gone.
- The Tas state govt is basically now an administrator for fed govt spending as they don't generate enough of their own revenue
- The state needs 180% of its GST receipts to balance the budget, ie dependent on Vic/NSW
- The states uni's have since dropped a a number of industrial degrees as no one studies in a state that they cannot get work in the same field.
- When I was at uni there, I'd say about 50% of the Tasmanian students had plans to buy a one way ticket on their last day out.
If Tasmania formed its own country, the Tasmanian dollar would sink to about 60c Australian.
Is Tasmania the crystal ball for Australia? I don't think so as Sydney especially has alot more to offer the world than Tasmania ever had and we have mining in Qld, NSW and WA and some manufacturing will always remain, but there will be some parallels for sure..