Once upon a time Australia was attractive to processing, refining and manufacturing industries using our abundant mineral and food resources, our reliable low-cost coal-fired electricity and a workforce trained in technical skills.

No longer.

           Last SA coal-fired power station gets blown up (so it can't be repaired).

Australia used to have 11 oil refineries, spread around the country. There are just four left, all over 50 years old, and all in danger of closing down. Green barriers to oil exploration have forced most of them to rely on costly imported crude oil.

Now, for the first time in at least 60 years Australia no longer produces motor vehicles.

China and India have about 430 coal power plants under construction but Australia has not built a single coal-fired power station for seven years – some politicians even rejoice when they manage to close and demolish one.

Brisbane’s new trains are being made in India, Victa mowers are made in China and most coastal shipping died decades ago. Steel works and refineries producing aluminium, copper and zinc are under stress. All these industries are being pushed overseas by costly unreliable electricity and other government barriers and burdens.

                                      A destructive Australian Green species

Red-green policies being pushed by all major parties are making Australia more dependent on bolted-down industries such as mining and farming that can’t be sent overseas because their basic resources are here. And green opposition to nuclear power increases Aussie reliance on coal.

                                  Even more destructive Parliamentary species

A century ago Australians relied on wool, wheat, gold, silver, copper, lead-zinc, butter, beef and timber – all products of bolted-down industries.

Red-green policies are pushing us back to those days. Politicians need to remember Newton’s Law of Bureaucracy – whenever the government tries to use the force of law to achieve economic goals the long term results will be equal and opposite to those intended.

So in the long run, red-green energy and environmental policies will make us more dependent on the industries they now attack – mining, farming, forestry and fishing.

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BK AGL or Origin are advertising full recharge for electric cars @ $1.00 a day. It cost that much to charge a standard car battery!!

oldskankhidinginTheShadow
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oldskankhidinginTheShadow

Elon Musk… SMOKE AND MIRRORS.
Gone in a flash!

CSB
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CSB

I hope all these things are clear in the minds of those wanting to change Australia into a Republic. I think that every time one hears the proposition the foot should go down and reject the proposal out of hand until we have a completed Bill of Rights ready to append unamended to a new Constitution also formulated and agreed by referendum before any declaration is made. I think the days of believing and trusting Politicians is over. For instance, Politicians should not be able to sell public assets. They are elected to manage our assets not sell them. Foreign… Read more »

ThePouch
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ThePouch

Among the faces of the loony Left you missed Turnbull, Pyne and others, we are in deep shit because all of the majors have moved hard Left and are focused on mirages rather than reality and frighteningly many of the too stupid to think public are supporting that Loony Left mentality.

noucg
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Bottle recycling con job and ripoff screwing bottling /juice drink companies BOYCOTT this 10cent refund ripoff ,sending bills to small business $35000.00 bills etc something that could have only been dreamed up by a Thieving Hymie

Elsa
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Elsa

Hitler used diesel electrics to run his Panzers

ani-mal
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ani-mal

I know some one who has one of these electric cars. When he comes to our camps he has the cheek to charge the batteries from the camp building. It is a state school owned camp. So he thinks he is so smart having the taxpayer pay for his fkn fuel. Arsehole. This is typical greenie attitude. Let the taxpayer pay for all their fantasies..

AlterEgo
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AlterEgo

….Elon Musk…..the worlds greatest con man…….

vecchio
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vecchio

Bk, Diesel driven generators driving electric motors, what’s that got to do with it?

Elsa
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Elsa

How do I find a Post I have written in reply to one of you , the history box only lists those posts that have replied to me and everyone else who has replied to someone else . Larry ! would it be possible to include a history box in our personal section of what we have written so that we can skip back to that thread to add content to that subject matter like for instance I would like to read Comrade Blount’s reply to when I informed him of Brunswick being the cosmopolitan crime capital of Melbourne and… Read more »

MoreofPoida
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MoreofPoida

With the ever increasing influence of the mindless left / communist element in the Greens, they are now referred to as ‘watermelons’. Green on the outside, red on the inside.

ApplePie
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ApplePie

Brown and Rhiannon look like sisters

Aust1
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Aust1

I could see this coming years ago, when Imbecile politicians started this crap of we are part of Asia and that is where our economic future lays. Problem is, we could not back then, or even now compete with their in exhaustible supply of cheap labour and we never will. Even if everybody took a 75 % pay cut, we still couldn’t compete.

MathewBrown
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MathewBrown

True, but the majority of ignorant Australians that keep voting them into power is the real problem.

ejada
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ejada

Queensland needs a big shake up. One Nation could not be worse than Labor.

ejada
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ejada

If dairy farming is an example of what was once a “bolted down” industry then times are going to be bad – real bad. For as long as I can remember the Lauke Flour Mill in Strathalbyn has existed but now Woolworths won’t agree to a measly price rise for their products and is cancelling their range, or were until the powerful CWA stepped in over their Lauke CWA scone mix. Woolworths have agreed to stock that but how many more items for the home baker? It’s good to have low shelf prices – until the supplier of the item… Read more »

Pablo
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Pablo

I think the UN just want to impose a freeze on our Resources, so when they take over ‘Officially”, they will be able to offer them to the World like a good Big Brother should…..While Australians starve in the corner, begging for heating oil….

cliveh
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I am going to our local school today to vote in the Queensland election,because I will be away on election day.I WILL NOT be voting for either Liberal Labor or the Greens.I am going to take MY country back from these TRAITORS at the UN.

vecchio
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vecchio

Bk The madness of the concept is inexplicable.

vecchio
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vecchio

Idiotic governments have rendered us industrially powerless! We’d be a pushover for even any pipsqeak aggressor. Don’t bet it won’t happen!

Minkers
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Minkers

Yes, indeed.

Minkers
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Minkers

You’ve nailed it again, Viv. The criminal trio you have shown above, should be headed for the gallows.

dante
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dante

Tick

dante
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dante

Serves him right.

RealityCheck
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RealityCheck

You are so right

barraabus
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barraabus

You really have to wonder at the people of this country,,, sadly they don’t have the intelligence to even have a country.. Perhaps its the results of people who have fled their home countries , supposedly for a better life in a new country,, yet still holding allegiance to where they came from…They could have made it a great counry , instead they chose the easy way out,,, pretty sad for the children they bred.

stringybark
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stringybark

You marrying your toyboy at last?

stringybark
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stringybark

Foreign ownership, incompetent managers, a willingness to chase higher profits by moving production offshore. Not high wages or generous working conditions. Of 531 welding vacancies in Melbourne 311 have wages of around $30,000 and only 40 above $70,000.

Elsa
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Elsa

At the rate we are going we’ll look like what happened to Africa when the white fellas moved out .

Elsa
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Elsa

We Australians have no choice in what is dictated to us by our democratic government that doesn’t care for what we think .

buraq2
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buraq2

Didn’t the unemployment rate drop again this month?

twentytwenty
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twentytwenty

Surely it is more to do with the cost of labor in third world countries being much, much cheaper.

BITS.
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BITS.

most of the oil refineries closed or were sold when Gillard introduced the carbon tax. Ampol at Brisbane and some others always imported oil from overseas from day one of operations.

Carlos
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Carlos

A person can’t even work 8 hours of an 8 hour shift, because the health and safety balls up must sanction every change of action before it can be taken. It’s all meetings bloody meetings.

GailLouise
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GailLouise

So we’re up Shit Creek without a paddle?

Pepperpete
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Pepperpete

Pity you can’t put a bounty on the those green vermin. Say $100 per scalp, taken from ears to tail.

HappyExpat
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HappyExpat

Viv you talk too much common sense. That’s why none of the bastards in Canberra will take no notice of you. You know the system, you cannot be right because they are never wrong.

HappyExpat
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HappyExpat

Mate, it will get worse.Just look at the proportion of YES votes in the ACT. Things will never change for the better. Our statistical unemployment figures are a facade. The majority of new jobs are in non-producing activities like government, medical services and education while the producing industries are withering on the vine. We can’t even make our own ice cream from a dairy industry crying out for some form of salvation.

AnnieMac
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AnnieMac

Viv..you have explained it beautifully.A pity the idiots in Canberra can’t see the logicThank you, always love your articles, they make sense.

EsraStar
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EsraStar

Exactly,Viv.