Governments, particularly those of the globalist variety, seem to have a penchant for pursuing policies which severely damage the lives of those they claim to represent.
Manufacturing employees during the reign of Hawke and Keating watched as more and more factory jobs were lost and factories closed to move operations overseas in the wake of “trade liberalisation” and the pursuit of globalisation.
The Australian people were fed a line about Australia being the “clever country” and that most factory workers would find plush, well paid jobs in Information Technology; presumably leaving the boring factory jobs to those in “developing countries”.
Needless to say, the I.T. revolution was over-rated and there weren’t enough positions to go around, not to mention that not everyone working in a factory is suited to such a skill transfer. Furthermore, the much-applauded “services sector” soon followed the way of our manufacturing sector, and many positions have since been outsourced to countries such as India.
Unfortunately for working Australians, once again we have a government in the same mould pursuing the disastrous Carbon Tax which has already contributed to the closure of a smelter in the Hunter Valley, costing over 300 jobs in an area that can ill afford such a loss.
In a similar fashion to the “clever country” deception, Australians are now being told that job losses will be absorbed by the new “Green Technology” industries. The mantra sounds the same and the promises, once again, sound hollow.
Once again, we are faced with disastrous policies based upon poor research and grandiose dogma. History is bound to repeat itself.
“The clever country: not so smart then even less so now”, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 March 1995
“Carbon tax fight reignites after smelter closure”, ABC News, 24 May 2012
“Carbon tax cited in threat to Hunter Valley smelter”, The Australian, 24 May 2012
“Carbon tax ‘seals fate’ of closing power station”, ABC News, 3 July 2012