We are far too re­liant on growth, min­ing and tourism.

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

MANY peo­ple are of the opin­ion that the fu­ture looks great and that the gov­ern­ments and big busi­nesses have the sit­u­a­tion well in hand, and that with their poli­cies be­ing im­ple­mented, we are all on a win­ner. If that is right, there should be some ev­i­dence to back that up, and the coun­try should be go­ing well for ev­ery­one, given the fact that all po­lit­i­cal par­ties sup­port the poli­cies of the past 30 years or so. Folks, the re­al­ity is that the shut­ting down of in­dus­tries, and mov­ing them off­shore to take ad­van­tage of slave labour and lower taxes, has re­sulted in high un­em­ploy­ment, high costs of living and heavy tax­a­tion to prop the coun­try up. We have al­lowed for­eign coun­tries to buy up as­sets, adopted cul­tural and re­li­gious ideas not com­pat­i­ble with our own, to our to­tal dis­ad­van­tage. Gov­ern­ments and busi­ness have the idea that we have to have con­tin­u­ous growth. All of this is hav­ing a neg­a­tive im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment. Eco­nom­i­cally, we are far too re­liant on growth, min­ing and tourism. This is ru­in­ing good farm­ing land. Gov­ern­ment poli­cies also favour a low dollar, low in­ter­est rates, high in­fla­tion, have peo­ple in debt all the time. The hypocrisy of this is that gov­ern­ments are now want­ing to lower peo­ple’s in­comes and re­tire­ment sav­ings, pen­sions etc, while they them­selves aren’t pre­pared to forgo any benefits. Folks, we need to change di­rec­tion quickly. Mel Chalmers

South Kolan

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