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.