Since the LibLab’s Labor Faction under a Hawke-Keating Government, Australia’s manufacturing wealth has been steadily allowed to wither. Australian Manufacturing once proudly contributed 30% to GDP in our Golden Age of the 1960s, yet now contributes just 10%. That is an undeniable fact.
During the 1980s, the Hawke-Keating Government floated the Australian dollar which with its revaluations has made imports cheaper and exports more expensive, making Australian goods more expensive to foreign markets and domestic tourism more expensive to overseas tourists wanting to visit Australia. Australia as a tourism destination has suffered.
The Hawke-Keating Government dismantling Australia’s tariff system, making imports cheaper than Australia’s own manufactured goods. ‘Fully Imported’ became a promoted fad, while ‘Made In Australia’ was scrapped as poor quality.
Keating when Treasurer called his de-industrialisation of Australia infamously ‘economic rationalisation’, just like his rationalisation of the Australian automotive industry under the ‘beginning-of-the-end’ Button Plan in 1984-85. The Button Plan was a trojan horse designed to kill off Australian manufacturing. It simply removed the sustainable sea wall of protection for onshore manufacturing, under the pretext of making Australia more efficient and to force greater quality into produced output.
Keating’s Button Plan just scrapped car tariffs. It exposed the local industry to the tide of foreign competition from imported products. It ignored the fact that such imports were subsidised in other ways by their governments, and which paid Third World pittance wages.
And as the Australian dollar value rose under Keating’s currency float rationalism, foreign imports got cheaper and cheaper. Even luxury European cars such as BMW and Mercedes have become cheaper imports into Australia due to the high Australia dollar, compounding the undermining of Australia’s local car manufacturing sales to Australians.
Keating abused his power as then prime minister to outflank all options for Australian manufacturing as if he were foreign-persuaded/alligned. But perhaps more personally internally juat anti-Holt, anti-Gordon, anti-McMahon to undo Traditional Australia and to etch on his Whitlam-esk stamp on his new lesser Australia pride forever; abandoning Australia’s cultural text to fade to an Asian sepia under his intentional neglect.
Local manufacturers responded by importing instead. Thousands of jobs were lost to foreign jobs overseas. Holden, Ford, and Toyota decided to import fully built-up models from subsidiaries elsewhere in the world, mainly Europe and Japan. Mitsubishi Motors ended Australian manufacturing in 2008 and Nissan ended car manufacturing in Australia completely in 1994.
The Button Plan was as effective for foreign car manufacturers as if imposed by a foreign power invading Australia. An Asian corporate invasion could not have effected a better Asian outcome, had they conceived the strategy themselves.
And so, as Australian believers in government promises have we become mugs to these LibLab betrayers to our hard-fought inheritance?
Do we just accept the ongoing LibLab factional rotation of power and as subservient mugs let our accumulated inherited tax wealth be vanquished to the whim, beck and call of LibLab party agendas? Answer: F*** No!
Yet we witness repeated betrayal by LibLabs in espousing their political ideological agenda to destroying Australia’s economy. It’s as if adhering to some global standard has become a higher goal than respecting local jobs?
Is the $5000 worth of ‘free’ extras bundled in the latest South Korean Hyundai SUV more important than keeping Ford and Holden in Melbourne and the thousands of Australians they employ? The Korean importer boasts a million Australian sales in its current advertising. Each sale a nail in the coffin of Australia’s once strong automotive industry.
‘Fully Imported‘ is foreign usurping propaganda that corrodes local value for ‘Made in Australia’. It translates as Fully Imported Unemployment for Australians.
Since then LibLabs, albeit Liberals or Labor, have perpetuated the Free Trade con, to only benefit foreign interests and sell out Australian local manufacturing. Australia’s textile, clothing and footwear manufacturing industries have all but gone to cheap Chinese factories because no Australian manufacturer can compete with Chinese sweatshops that pay workers $1 a day. Who would stoop so low and dare still call themselves an Australian employer?
Australia’s automotive industry is heading the same direction, just like steel manufacturing, oil refining, aluminium smelting, food and beverage, chemicals, timber products and metal and machinery manufacturing. Car manufacturers in Australia – Nissan, Chrysler, Renault, VW and British Leyland all gone. Holden closed its manufacturing plants at Pagewood and Acacia Ridge. Ford ceased local Laser production in 1994 and closed Homebush.
‘Fully imported’ translates directly into ‘fully imported unemployment‘.
Free Trade ‘liberalisation’ has been a con to undermine Australia’s manufacturing base. Australian manufacturers are forced to pay Australian minimum wages, hard fought by Australian unions over many decades, while at the same time expected to unrealistically compete with Third World imports manufactured under Third World wages – a fraction of the cost.
Foreign governments who sign up to the Free Trade may well reduce tariffs, but underhandedly subsidise their manufacturing industries in other ways. So Free Trade becomes a single dimensional smoke screen. Global Free Trade has always been a contrived con for naive nations nobly seduced as lesser nations seeking global status.
Look at the bandaid desperation of the LibLabs’s $103 million unconditional subsidy by Gillard Federal Labor and Ballieu Victorian Liberal last January to prop up Ford automotive manufacturing in Melbourne.
Gillard Labor has committed $5.4 billion until 2020 to the Australian car industry so while pretend to have Free Trade? Foreign car manufacturers in China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand are dumping cheap product on the Australian market at discount prices to undercut the last fragments of Ford, Holden and Mitsubishi still made with Australian workers paid Australian wages.
Abbott Liberals are no better. They want to continue the Free Trade con, continue floating the Australian dollar to benefit importers and starve local tourism, and slash $500m from Australia’s car industry grants.
Free Trade is a con. LibLab demonising of ‘protectionism’ only benefits politicians securely deriving their own wages on the public purse, oblivious to their own performance criteria – efficiency, quality, productivity. The LibLab’s so-called ‘Productivity Commission’ and anti-protection rhetoric is just pissing into the wind to justify its own lapdog existence.
Last week Ford said it would sack 15% of its workforce anyway, and cut production by 29%, but welcomed Gillard’s $5.4 billion thank you very much.
Free Trade is the Slave Trade. Try find an item of clothing in Australia with a label ‘Made in Australia’! The Free Trade Con is only freer for the Third World expanding its markets into the First World. It’s what the Socialist One Worldists want – to bring Third World nations up to middle class standards, by dumbing down First World nations in the process. It flies in the face of a century of unionism that First World nations like Australia, fought battles to achieve our highly valued workplace standards and standards of living.
The One Worldists in their naivety want to throw those standards all away.
Once Australia’s Resources Boom ends, LibLab naive “flat earth” and “level-playing field” Free Trade destruction of manufacturing will have forgone Australia’s self-sufficiency. Under LibLabs, a car ‘Made in Australia’ is set to become history.
The ‘ute’ was invented by Australians. The story of the utility truck or coupé utility– the ute – began in 1932, when a letter was received by Ford Australia’s plant at Geelong, Victoria. It was written by a farmer’s wife who’d had enough of riding to church in the farm truck and arriving in saturated clothing:
‘Why don’t you build people like us a vehicle to go to church in on a Sunday, and which can carry our pigs to market on Mondays?’ her letter asked.
Ford took it up and the ute was born.
Australians need to recognise that hard-fought Australian wages by Australian Unions over generations for Australian manufacturers (in automotive, food production, chemicals, steel, whatever) will never be able to compete on LibLab’s smoke and mirrors ‘global level playing field’ with Third World wages, unless Australian workers succumb to Third World standards.
And that is frankly as likely as Australians taking up Rudd Mandarin!
Australians will never become slaves!
Australian Industry, built by Australian workers to Australian workplace standards, can only survive with Australian Government defence. That means defence against import dumping. Australia’s manufacturing and production is for Australians first so that we may be self-sufficient. Exports and their profits come second.
Our children expect us to provide for their future so that they may become self-sufficient and resilient when we are gone. Without a value add manufacturing base, Australia becomes an import dependent economy at the whim of decisions by foreign powers and exposed to global crises.
Those arguing against protection of our society and against the protection of our earning capacity are the same mongrels arguing for no borders and to put foreign interests ahead of our own. Such mongrels are blatant betrayers to the Australian National Interest. They are welcome to emigrate to the nations for which they feel greater allegiance.