BROUGHT TO THE FRONT FROM OCTOBER 2008.
Yeah thanks for that Jason. Your man is always rather good. Certainly he keeps a higher standard than anyone else I see in the Fin or the Australian. But then he’s not Gerry Jackson. And like Richard noted we don’t know what his alternative is. Just getting Macquarie Bank to do everything and shovelling them tonnes of money?
Clearly we need to think hard about how infrastructure is handled.
In what will be the next few energy-constrained decades we really want to be scoping out wharves all around the coast. The governments job, as I see it, would be to suss out all the POTENTIAL sites and let people know that these sites are available for homesteading by Australians and by companies where only Australian citizens can own the shares. This is because, for the time being, wharves are strategic assets. And there is no freedom without local sovereignty and there is no such thing as capitalism, properly considered, without freedom.
In this scoping out of the coast they will come up with a list of unobjectionable POTENTIAL sites that is vastly more numerous than the amount of sites where wharves would ever likely be built in a millenium.
The foreigners that we invite into this country to do business are not to be government front organisations. They come here to build things, not to buy things (already built) to MAKE stuff not to TAKE stuff…… (ie, not to buy up controlling interests of our natural resources due to current poor homesteading rules and monetary policy).
To build things not to buy things. To make stuff not to take stuff.
It is in our interests for us to get foreigners to come here and manufacture things. Employing our people when they do so. Its not in our interests for them to take stuff that they don’t manufacture….. ie natural resources…. by getting into our less than perfect system for allocating leases of natural resources. Yes of course we can use the outsiders technology. But to me thats an outsorcing arrangement. Where its our guys who have secured their stake, and they bring in Chevron, or someone, to do some work for them, not to take ownership.
The little rhyme makes no sense on its own. It requires expansion and explanation to make any sense at all, but its something to remember in terms of integrating the benefits of trade with the necessity of sovereignty. The little rhyme makes no sense on its own. But it ought to be remembered as a way of jogging ones memory about what IS, and what is NOT, acceptable in terms of our trade policy.
We do not bring these aliens in to take a controlling interest in our strategic or natural resources. On the other hand we bend all the rules to bring a team of our friends who are foreigners, to commision a new nuclear power station….. commissioned on behalf of Australian interests.
The little rhyme requires lengthening but its something to remember.
Any foreigner ought to be able to come to Australia to build literal bridges or wharves and then sell them to Australians. They ought to be able to build factories with their own team of men if the Australians have commissioned the factory. Or build factories if they want to manufacture out of Australia.
A visa to start a new small business ought to be one of the easiest ways to get into Australia. Or a visa to start a new BIG business for that matter.
But we don’t bring the Chi-Coms here to buy up all our strategic infrastructure and/or natural resources. We don’t bring in communists to buy our natural resources and infrastructure…. NOT NOW OR EVER.
We are not a superpower. We are a middle power. And we just don’t do that on account of left-wingers invading into libertarian space with their perverted political correctness.
We don’t piss away our sovereignty on account of leftists, pretending to be libertarian, and setting up ridiculous anti-free-trade ideas, MASQUERADING as free trade ideas…
There is a NEW political correctness afoot in the land and its not got anything to do with perverted ideas of free trade being used to piss away our sovereignty that was fought for by people whose views ought likely have precedence over our own.
Free trade is about private individuals having freedom of access. Its not about having crony-communist bankers and Chi-Com front companies grabbing a controlling interest in everything.
Those days where this perversion of free trade is put about as phoney right-wing political correctness must be over and for all time.
We have seen the promoters of such ideas dip their hand a little bit too far lately.
We must open our doors wide for foreigners to come here so that we have the strongest STARTUP environment in the world without exception. American graduates who have that noble gene and that idealism that makes them want to start a new venture must think of Australia as the Atlantis and El Dorado of startups.
When new durable capital is being commissioned our immigration department must work overtime since we want our capital investment dollar to go further and we must be the most capital-rich per-capita society in the world.
So we HAVE to have a lot of foreign involvement.
But they come here
To MAKE stuff
not to TAKE stuff
To BUILD things.
Not to BUY things.
Maybe we ought to start a new tradition in this country. Oftentimes you see representations at Christmas or other family get togethers, where a family member serving overseas, or yet even one deceased, has the table set for him, and a seat left for him though he is not there for the dinner.
I think we ought to start a tradition where the unknown soldier gets a seat at the table, and consideration at all our meetings even though he’s not around.
What did they fight for? How would they feel about the decisions advocated? The decisions agreed on?
We would not have this country and our independence or its potential thereof, but for these people. And if we are not nihilists surely some sense of what they would have wanted ought be taken into account.
If you vote Graeme Bird for high office perhaps there will be a seat left for the solidiers of the generations, and a new meeting format to make sure that everyone reflects on what they might have wanted.”