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