The ABC of cars

Australians have more access to news, views and entertainment than ever before.

So let’s cut to chase. The ABC and SBS are unnecessary and expensive state-run services and they should be flogged-off to the highest bidder. Sure, the 4,500 odd workers at these two organisations might face an uncertain future. But those that can compete in an open and free market will do just fine as part of a new commercialised media network.

I’m sure Fairfax would be supportive. At the moment it offers a fine collection of limp-wristed reporting for the weetie-eating, handbag-swinging, whale-loving, politically-correct, new-age, godless, femmo-nazi, greeny, commo loony market out there. Except that Fairfax has to compete with the taxpayer-funded ABC for the attention of these mindless drongos. It’s an unfair playing field.

These sales will save the $1 billion a year used to fund ‘Aunty’ and another $250 million spent annually by the network best known for its reruns of a talking German dog and talent shows for US transvestites.

That’s a fair chunk of money that the government can spend on better things that are actually in the national interest. Plus, if these networks are anywhere near as good as what the left-wing nutters claim, the sale alone should add about $30 trillion to the Commonwealth’s coffers.

If I was running the show, a large chunk of that $1.25 billion yearly windfall would go to saving Australia’s car industry. It is in our nation’s interest that we can manufacture vehicles. And even if it cost $750 million a year on top of what the government had already chipped in, that would still allow $500 million to go towards paying off the Rudd government’s pink batts. It’s win win win.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that the car industry’s demise is purely because the Australian government won’t subsidise it. Other factors, such as the high Australian dollar and high wages are at play. Those factors also need addressing.

But when the car industry goes, so will 50,000 jobs and our nation’s ability to manufacture vehicles and pretty much anything else. The large number of jobs now on the chopping block far overshadow the number of reporters on the books of the government’s broadcasters. And car-workers do something useful: they produce things.

If they join the dole-queue at Centrelink, Australia will be reliant on imports from other countries to keep its economy going. That’s something that any government should want to avoid. The free-trade dreamers are living on the assumption that the new age will be cheaper. And they are dreaming. Importers will no longer have to compete with the price ceiling imposed by Australian-made vehicles – even if it is already high.

Furthermore, such a dream is based on the assumption that other countries will want to sell us their vehicles. That might be the case today. Tomorrow it could well be different. War, recessions, trade disputes, closures of sea routes and the odd, random iceberg are all possibilities waiting to turn the dream into a nightmare. Imports also rely on payment. When Australia is seeing its farmers turned off the land, it can no longer rely on that industry for survival. The mining sector is no longer booming. Manufacturing is gone. All Australia has left are a bunch of white-collar service industries. And service industries don’t produce wealth. They only consume it.

In the long run, a nation that won’t produce anything can’t afford to import anything.

There is not one single worthwhile reason to see Australia’s car industry fall over. The claim that Australia can’t compete is not a reason. It’s an excuse. There is no reason Australia can’t compete with Germany and America. And if slave-wage conditions in China are a problem, they can be rectified by imposing a tariff on Chinese vehicles until its workers are given a just wage. Caving in is nothing more than a national decision to live off dreadful conditions imposed on workers in other countries.

Of course, this is just greediness. And the other side of this coin demands tribute in the form of lost Australian jobs. The unions have demanded too much and they need to cop a large chunk of the blame for this sorry situation. They have become so successful that they’ve killed the golden goose. There is no point having the highest wages in the world when it means that the jobs go. Every last one of them.

Governments have a role in protecting the national interest. It’s why they exist. No other organisation can do it. The Australian government is failing in its duty to the Australian people when it funds rabid loonies at the ABC while watching our nation’s manufacturing capability wither and die. It should divert its funding to support what is important and then develop other measures to keep manufacturing alive. Subsidies are part of the answer now, but other measures such as wage restructuring, tariffs, reduction of the Australian dollar and mandated provision for government vehicles to be Australian made are also part of the answer.

The car industry has effectively been killed overnight. If something is not done soon, it will be impossible to start it up again tomorrow. Australia will then come to rue the day it can’t provide for itself.

 

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of eight children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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  1. Good article Bernard, and I believe true. In reality, the union movement has made the Australian and American car industry unsustainable. But maybe, just maybe, this was an intended consequence? Back in 1975, Australia was a signatory to the UN’s “Lima Declaration”. Rather than detail that here, this youtube video gives the basic principles of the declaration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9aHC2tSmRM – and some of the obligations that Australia had. Fast forward to the present, this has morphed into the next UN agenda – “Agenda 21” a.k.a. “Sustainable development”. Here are two, again introductory videos – the first by the independent South Australian politician Ann Bressington http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo5n4zeEetg and this one titled “Agenda 21 for dummies” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIgHK5x-4fY Before labelling these ideas as “conspiracy theories”, one needs to do their own research into these communistic inspired declarations and proposals. Knowing this background, it is not difficult to understand many of the social and political issues that have been written by Bernard on his blog. As examples, manufacturing is a strategic industry, and Australia’s dependence on other countries for manufactured goods, could put it at a disadvantage strategically. There is talk of moving Australia petroleum refineries offshore and importing all petroleum products from the “super refineries” countries such as Singapore. Strategically, this is suicide. If we also look at Bernard’s previous blog articles about the shenanigans happening in the Armed services with their seemingly illogical decisions, it begins to make more sense. If I wanted to undermine the armed services, what better way to do this than support the perverts and their agenda, and discipline those with a moral backbone that are opposing it. An army with no moral convictions will spiral into an undisciplined, low morale and ineffectual army that is a walkover for its enemies. And if we have no more strategic industries, what is there to defend anyway? Oh, almost forgot about the ABC! Yes, surely it has outlived its usefulness. But in many communistic countries (or communistic wannabes?), the state broadcaster needs to feed the people the required propaganda – so (unfortunately) I don’t see the ABC disappearing for quite some time yet.

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  2. I have never understood the logic of such a wide ranging free trade agreement. It is ludicrous that we have oranges imported from America when our own industry is collapsing. Society bangs on about reducing green house gases. How about stopping unnecessary imports of food overseas when that same product is readily available in Australia?. Ships burning fueltravelling half way around the world to deliver food grown under dubious circumstances, that we can and should be growing in our own back yard? Preposterous. Expecting Australian workers and industry to be able to compete with a huge country that is rapidly catching up technology wise (wonders what you can do when you ignore international patents) and can pay its workers 1/10 of what industry pays in Australia-blind freddy can see this is a ideological driven, reality ignoring recipe for disaster. And I have little doubt that many business heavyweights know this, but whilst they can make quick profits under the current arrangement (management of Coles, Woolworths, the banks, and any other large multinational operating organisation) hey, their retirement nest egg will be safe and sound when the big crunch comes and a major depression hits Australia.

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  3. I’m no fan of the ALP or the Coalition but headlines during the 2013 Federal election like – “Finally you now have the chance to kick this mob out, I know nuthink” or “Send in the clown” and other articles of similar content certainly captured my attention.
    Rudd, Milne (Sky News, 5th August, 2013), Palmer (Seven, Sunrise, 5th September, 2013) and Katter (612 ABC Brisbane, 2nd September, 2013) all had something to say about the coverage during the 2013 federal election.
    Even Media Watch kept a tally of articles printed in a popular newspaper – out of 293 political stories 6 were pro ALP and 43 pro Coalition. Adversely 5 were Coalition and a whopping 134 were ALP.
    If I was a media mogul that supported a successful political party how would I collect my “pound of flesh”?
    Perhaps I could launch a campaign against my competitors the ABC or SBS, urging funding cuts, or maybe open up tendering enabling my corporation to compete with the ABC for the International Television Service?
    How about changing the Australian Broadcasting Commission Act 1983, new anti-siphoning laws to protect my interests or limit major sporting groups broadcasting their own content?
    But would I be risking a revolution? Most probably given the ABC ranks as one of Australia’s most trusted institutions.
    Not surprisingly around 200 complaints about the election coverage were received by the Press Council. Depicting rivals as clowns or Nazi’s and yet how could any voter dissect a policy platform within 48hrs with very little reported about it?
    It would be naive for me to believe “Manufacturing of Consent” is fallacy. Hell, if I had that much power I could control consciousness and build a nation of sheeples, we’d all have the same thought and not one of us would be thinking at all.
    Final note -Does the ABC need improving ? – yes it does. Do I want Murdoch or any other media mogul to have complete control over everything I read, watch or listen to – absolutely not! Because that’s what will happen if we run with what your suggesting mate.

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    • Hi Ron – thanks for your comment. I am not supporting a Murdoch controlled press either and its coverage (agenda) leaves much to be desired. But it isn’t funded by the taxpayer. The ABC is. The question, then, is this: is the ABC value for money? I know I’d rather the government spend the money on saving manufacturing jobs than spending the money on a group of journalists who mostly vote Green (as shown in comprehensive surveys last year) and who have spent the better part of the last 6 years supporting the carbon tax, climate change nonsense and giving a voice to every homosexual marriage advocate under the sun while painting those who oppose them as bigots. Workers add to Australia, the ABC does not. At the moment we have a government that chooses to fund the latter. I think it should be the other way around. Furthermore, having the ABC does not solve the problem of Murdoch, it simply adds more mud to the pond. I believe Murdoch’s influence will wane naturally over time as Australians use the internet to source their own independent news and commentary.

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      • Thanks Bernie – I agree with your approach to a point but would like to expand my view largely because some other factors are at play when we begin to discuss media, manufacturing and revenue.
        Joe Hockey recently said that the “Age of Entitlement” must come to an end but yet he allowed multinationals to keep a $700 million tax break? Murdoch owns a multinational corporation. We may be supporting the ABC through tax dollars but tax payers are certainly supporting Murdoch and the multinationals.
        This, while the faceless multi-national corporations that owe no allegiance to any country grow fat off the Australian worker, farmer, local business, resources and the carcass of Australian industries.
        Parasites that emasculate our governments, turn our media into lap dogs and hollow out our public institutions.
        They call it “globalisation” I call it TREASON! Australian workers merged into a global labour pool where they must directly compete for jobs with workers on the other side of the globe.
        Our Jobs, where wages are relative, flowing to countries where labour is cheap. They create unemployment and a massive transfer of our wealth.
        Australia is being de-industrialised by her own governments Bernie and there can only be one result. Tax dollars will ultimately go to support unemployed workers thanks to globalisation, multinationals and governments that support it.
        They gave them a tax break, while MNC’s find it attractive to establish “subsidiaries” limiting operations (and related income) in the higher- tax state, by moving them to a subsidiary located in a lower-tax state. Thus, avoid paying corporate tax by siphoning money to states, countries or territories where certain taxes are levied at a low rate or not at all.
        One such example is the “Double Irish with a Dutch sandwich” (the OECD just put out a paper on it) a known tax-reduction structure between wholly-owned subsidiaries, which involves transactions in Ireland, the Netherlands and Bermuda.
        Bernie, the carbon tax will be replaced with a coalition version of it. Government will not allow the tax revenue to slip through their hands I am certain of this. If they did they would need to make up for the lost revenue through other sources. So perhaps a package under a different name would be something to look for.
        Also why is information regarding negotiations involving the Trans-Pacific Partnership “free trade” agreement, under negotiation between Australia and other countries completely secret?
        Possibly one of the world’s biggest trade agreements with potential to affect all our lives and I suspect Mr and Mrs Australia have never heard of it.
        A cunning move one might say, limiting political and public debate or at least till it’s signed and by then too late.
        Having had to search leaked information it appears we are being dealt another hand of cards, problem is if we are dealt a “bad beat” there is only so many assets to sell off and so much debt we can pay. Manufacturing is dead, smashed to pieces, so we can remove it from the equation.
        But If government loses, unable to cover cost of imports with the value of exports will it make up the difference by selling more assets, depriving its citizens of more services or assuming more debt.
        Like the destitute gambler will we gradually sell off sinking deeper into debt, becoming poorer because we own less but owe more?
        Evidence exists today, imports replace goods produced in Australia, capitalists like the higher profits, consumers like the lower prices and workers suffer the lost jobs.
        Who benefits? People who draw their income from returns on labour capital of course (the rich), while people who get most of their income from labour lose (the rest).
        A greater threat to our sovereignty than Asylum seekers is on its way, allowing multinational corporations to cross our border without interference.
        Eroding government oversight in favour of corporate freedom. Areas like the environment, workers’ rights, food safety, internet freedom, medicine, and financial regulation are on the folding table.
        Features like State Disputes Settlement (ISDS) system, in which foreign corporation is allowed to sue countries in order to protect the profitability of their investments.
        Australia is moving closer to total market deregulation by serving the interests of multi-nationals. And our ability to regulate a market economy in the public’s interest will vanish with a further shift of power towards corporate rule and democratic accountability will no longer exist.
        I am a Roman Catholic, you and I share the same beliefs, you know that. The ABC and asylum seekers are simply a distraction to what is really happening and sadly most have lost the capacity to think for themselves – rather they rely on the television to do their thinking for them. The fight to keep the values this country was built on will be considerably harder if this agreement is signed regardless of what party is in power.

      • Hi Ron. Thanks again for your comments. I do know your values and your sincerity. I think you have raised some very good points. Thanks for posting.

  4. The Fairfax Media should more appropriately be called ‘The Unfair-fax Media’.

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