Putting Aussie jobs first is to put Aussie jobs last. Labor’s protectionist jobs response will, if implemented, ensure that Australian businesses become less competitive, less efficient and less able to offer higher salaries. It is a recipe for higher unemployment and lower wages. This policy has been tried many times in the past, in numerous countries. It has never worked, always delivering the opposite of the stated objective.
It is therefore a punch in the belly for the taxpayer to be funding an advertising campaign which promotes a policy that is almost, if not quite, entirely opposite to the national interest.
The Gillard Government shares a lot in common with the governments of Nikita Khrushchev and Walter Ulbricht. Will Tony Abbott be the stateman who shouts
Ms Gillard, tear down this wall!