reply to post by MasterAndrew
In answer to this I agree in part.....Globalisation and capitalism has not been the best method I beleive.
Not saying that socialism is the answer either but what I do beleive IS the answer is anti-global in concept.
Let me use the auto industry as an example here in Australia as one part of the dwindling yet once strong manufacturing base we used to have.
In 1990 the labour governments inplemented a study which was taken onboard that reduced the tarrifs on vehicle imports from 20% I beleive down to 15%
doen to 10% and down to 5% now.
This has made imported vehicles cheaper under the excuse of making the auto market more "competitive globally", at the expense of Nissan Motors,
then Mitsubishi, and more than likely Ford in the near future and the loss of thousand of jobs in the automotive sector.
For what? Just to be competitive globally?
Who the hell says we have to be competitive?
Go to Malaysia and you will see what sort of vehicle tarrifs they have on imports - bloody massive tarrifs to protect their local auto industry.
Givernments should put Australia and Australians first. something they have not done for a while. This is but only one sector. many other sector have
faced the same demise.
NOW - how do we combat this?
The one thing that Adolf Hitler is reknowned for is for rebuilding the germany economy into a superpower in a very very short amount of time. How did
he do this?
Simple premise really....
If it has to be imported, then we build it here locally. We give industry tax exemptions to build products locally that used to be imported. We raise
the tarrifs on all imported products. The local industry then thrives...expands...employs alot more people. This allows the government to bring in
more skilled migrants which adds to the tax base revenue for the government.
We need to change the tax system also so it gives incentives to people to work.
At the moment the more you work the more tax you pay. Should be the other way around...the more you work the less tax you pay. So people are
encouraged to work more. This benefits the country and in tern the government. People have more to spend which the government gets back through GST
The money stays in Australia and builds Australia up.
The more kids you have the less tax you should have to pay as the bread winner of the family. This is building Australias population and rather than
having to rely on immigration and once again...future tax payers for the government.
I know its a long rant.....sorry, but when government start thinking about the future and becoming pro-active rather than reactive and thinking about
the here and now, then this nation will become a much better place.
We have so much untapped potential, there is no reason why a nation of ours with such a comparably low population could not become an economic
powerhouse and an example to the rest of the world.