Contributed article by MattM
I’ve been thinking about things very hard for weeks and am still struggling to put together coherent thoughts, but there’s little argument for further delay so for what it’s worth, here they are.
The APP is one of the first parties I’ve felt enthusiastic about for some time and I can only see them growing from strength to strength. Even recent migrants will come to realise why they need to get behind these agendas – above all, it’s about self-preservation – a powerful motive.
While I don’t doubt there are conspiracies happening all the time, – for the most part, they are probably less of evil intent than the word conspiracy has come to suggest – the outcomes may end up far worse than the intent though. Further, a wise man once said if it comes to a choice between believing a government conspiracy as opposed to a government stuff-up – first look to the stuff-up – it will probably be the right answer.
We need to think more in depth about how we find ourselves in our current situation and where we are heading. The quality of life we’ve enjoyed is increasingly under threat, and yet, how many average Australians have a clue in how they’ve contributed to this? A very simple example of this is how most Australians shop at Coles and Woolworths. As such, these two among others have had enough power to lobby the government for free trade and get it and now can demand such prices from farmers that these farmers (if still in business) can barely make a living. The same farmers probably also shopped at Coles and Woolworths. I know my Pop did – a lifetime farmer. It is perhaps strange to many, but I am thankful I can still buy milk from Australian owned and operated farms – it’s over double the price of Woolies/Coles milk – but I understand why it’s important. So few Australians have in the past, and now we have a situation where entire regions cannot buy Australian owned and farmed milk. Dairy Farmers is Japanese owned, Pauls is owned by Singapore. Woolies just signed a huge deal to buy milk from Italy. Many dairy farmers objected, but it got very little attention – the media will play it once in a while, but people still go shopping at Coles and Woolies – they’ve voted for freedom from choice, now they have it.
Also, as we’ve given a lot of power to the unseen who are now pulling the strings with gay abandon, we must also realise that donations stop flowing if the pollies don’t do what the donors want – so it’s not just the politicians we need to consider. Some American businessman donor openly admitted this in relation to immigration – mention immigration – no money.
It was reported recently that the CBA makes $1000 per person in Australia. No wonder they are pro-immigration. Double the population, you double your profits. And shareholders love their profits. Shareholders? Who are they? Well, it’s not just faceless people, it’s also us!!!! And so, it’s easy to see why there is so much resistance to curbing immigration and making any real change – we are, by and large, the perpetrators of our own demise and sadly, by our inability to unite and/or act, unable to stop it. Humans for the most part do not think long-term. But here’s the rub, it’s the taxpayers that bear the cost, not the businesses that profit from more people – and who works in the businesses? Taxpayers.
But in relation to immigration, William Bourke of the Stable Population Party puts it well in his article in the Sydney Morning Herald: “More bills than skills from this migration”. Who knows how many people have read it?
Most Asians don’t care about our Australia – but then neither do most Australians – because they don’t understand her and don’t care to put the time into understanding her. Perhaps ultimately the joke will be on the mass of immigrants also – Australia is squandering its wealth and industry and will end up with a debt to match the holes in the ground where our minerals were. Perhaps once this happens and Australia is no longer the land of the Golden ticket, they will try to go elsewhere, but they’ll probably be stuck with the rest of us because they’ve missed one critical point – population. No-one will likely be able to take them. Then perhaps they’ll at last understand what people mean by less than 10% arable land – but perhaps not – given that our policies readily promote ignorance and are against education. Time and again we see attempts to look at population, but time and again, we see these debates disappear. And it’s no wonder. Everything about the way we live is pro-growth – superannuation or monetary investment of any kind demand growth – morals are inherently corruptible if there’s money to be made – who cares about a few koalas if I can make a few hundred thousand dollars. And the lazy way to make money, increase your consumer base. Which is also exactly one of the biggest reasons why the Carbon Tax is the biggest stupid load of rubbish ever. You simply can’t reduce your carbon footprint while you are increasing the user-base by hundreds of thousands every year. Everyone who comes to Australia wants to enjoy the same modern conveniences. It would be different if we had the means by which everyone could switch to renewable energy – but the two largest solar power stations proposed by the government will only power a couple of percent of our existing homes – let alone our businesses and the thousands of homes that are to be built. Even when our government chooses a technology, they typically pick superseded and less efficient options – e.g. taking compression technology when molten salt technology shows more promise.
This isn’t to say that the government isn’t doing useful things. But for the most part, it seems way too little. Or it’s in an attempt to avoid looking at the inevitable conclusion of our irrational progression until we’ve exhausted every possible band-aid and by then we’ll probably be well past the point we could have done anything about it. Of course, there are more reasons – we’ve signed up with the UN – probably the cruelest thing we ever could have done for the Australian people. Even the Asians living here should be putting the wind up our government on that one – I’m happy for them to be hypocrites if it means we stand a chance at a future. Funnily enough, they are probably telling their countrymen how great it is here. People are nice and friendly, or Australians are too afraid to say anything, and you get paid to do nothing and bonuses to have babies. You should come here. The Eagles said it perfectly – “call some place paradise, kiss it goodbye”.
So it’s really a challenge to start addressing these things. How do we even hope to reverse the damage or the policy decisions made? Well, for a start, keep voting for the parties that seek the changes we want to see – it’s usually a compromise – but for the most part, avoid Liberal and Labor and now the Greens. Voice your support to your chosen parties – you can be sure donations are flowing to parties you object to. Give your party a few $ every now and then (or more if you can afford it). Be the change you want to see in the world. Try to buy Australian made and owned products even if it’s just every now and then as you can afford it. Coles and Woolworths are successful because of volume sales, not because they have high markup – little differences by lots of people add up. Try to shop in local fruiterers and butchers – or even online Aussie supporters such as www.onlyoz.com.au. Try to push your investments to ethical Australian companies. Try to find locally grown produce – particularly from organic farmers (we need to learn to live without oil – so these farmers are important). If possible, try to take your money out of the larger (pro-growth lobby) banks and put it into smaller Australian credit unions – on this note, people have started very successful banks that are of much more noble community centred purpose. Attend council meetings as you can and try to always make sure the need for retaining as much habitat and lifestyle as possible is voiced – economics generally sorts itself out – growth usually just decimates one person’s livelihood for the sake of another (and often a bully), and we are well past the point that growth in its traditional form is good. And of course, write to council members and ministers to voice your concerns on issues. I walked into the local MP’s office the other day and asked to lodge an objection to further development on what I consider to be one of the great treasures of my region that’s getting gradually whittled away with housing estates. He said it’s the council that handles that. I’ll follow up with the council. But it doesn’t matter that I voiced it to the wrong person. I’m a voter. Imagine if 100 people popped in and made the same request.
In the end, I can’t see how we can avoid a major catastrophe on a global level and, for many, this is probably just too hard to deal with. But it’s amazing how little effort it takes to make a difference. But we best act soon.