Australia used to have some dignity and class.
Today however it seems to have departed from past standards of excellence and lost any vision it might have had for the long term future.
When it comes to management and export of primary products
it now behaves like a cheap hooker standing on a dimly-lit world corner eagerly waiting to service every needy overseas kerb-crawler with immediate bargain-basement satisfaction.
Coal and minerals are being dug up and exported at an unprecedented rate with total disregard to the effect this will have on the environment and the future food supply of this country.
Farming is now apparently regarded as an optional occupation in this nation.
The average age of Australia’s farmers is 55.
Agricultural research and education facilities have progressively been closed down during the last two decades.
The two dominant supermarket chains have been allowed to screw smallholder farmers into unprofitablilty by manipulating wholesale markets and importing cheaper overseas food products of dubious quality and uncertain pesticide-residue status.
Government disinterest and the failure of our leaders to look beyond the next election could well ensure that Australian farmers will become totally extinct during this century. We have embarked upon the potentially disastrous road of relying upon imported food paid for by the contents of all the holes that mining companies are digging in the ground all over this continent.
Eighty-three percent of mining companies operating in Australia today are foreign owned.
They are digging up our heritage and agricultural land as fast as their giant machinery will allow, with scant regard for the long-term consequences.
A Chinese mining company has bought up 43 farms in New South Wales. What sort of Government stupidity allowed this to happen.
Hands up anyone who thinks they are going to start growing rhubarb and cabbages on this land for Australia’s future health and prosperity. They are going to dig it up and mine coal for export.
How utterly foolish can one country become?
There was a time in recent history when Australia thrived and “rode on the sheep’s back”. This happened because we were smart and industrious and the woolen mills dotted all over southern Australia added value to wool and exported the finest quality garments to the world. We will never, nor should we attempt to, return to those days, but we are capable of making smarter decisions than we are presently making.
The factories are now long gone. We chose to take the easy road and send our cheap raw materials overseas so the industrious (albeit poorly paid) folk there could do all the value-adding, before reselling finished product back to us.
Similarly, we can’t even be bothered slaughtering all of our own sheep and cattle any more, instead opting for the easy and cheap solution of exporting live animals to places like Indonesia where, as we now know, they are butchered with atrociously inhumane
un-stunned blunt-knife-throat-slitting barbarism.
One yardstick by which civilised and evolved society might be judged is the way it treats every other living thing with which it shares the planet.
Another one is it’s ability to provide every one of it’s citizens with an affordable and secure food supply.
It is imperative that Australian agriculture be rejuvenated and encouraged to look towards the longer term opportunity to supply value-added food products for the increasingly protein-hungry Asian nations to our north.
Instead we are irreversibly destroying productive farmland by permitting open cut mining, and allowing 40,000 coal seam gas wells to be bored into it, the pollutants from which will probably destroy forever our inland lifeline…..underground water in the Great Artesian Basin.
The sacrifices made by our ancestors demand that we should behave more intelligently, exhibit greater dignity, and have more respect for this land. We should learn from the care bestowed upon “country” by it’s aboriginal caretakers. Before it is too late.
By failing to do something NOW we are ensuring that future generations will inherit a barren, desolate, pock-marked continent that is incapable of providing sufficient food to feed it’s own population.
May God help Australia, because we are surely failing to do so ourselves.
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Ahhh…good. Better out than in. I feel better now.