As Simple as ABC

Alan Moran has a piece on The Drum the ABC website. I do happen to agree with Alan’s points; they seem almost hardly worth saying since they should be so obvious. How controversial is any of this which is his concluding paragraph:

Australia has the highest levels of natural wealth per capita in the world. This can be translated into achieving the world’s highest living standards. We were progressing towards this until the process was halted by government intervention and impositions on business that were introduced or foreshadowed over the past three years. We can restore the process by recommitting to a reform program that involves taking measures to enhance rather than retard productivity growth.

Well, I don’t really draw you attention to the article itself, but reading the comments that follow afterwards is an education in itself. There are so many amongst these to choose from, but I think this was my favourite:

“No coal-fired power stations can pass an investment test while the threat of a tax on their emissions is an ever-present risk to their future profitability”

Er, i think that is kind of the point.

And following that, I cannot think of a single thing to say.

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8 Responses to As Simple as ABC

  1. JC

    Australia has the highest levels of natural wealth per capita in the world. This can be translated into achieving the world’s highest living standards.

    Yes, it’s so true and a great observation by Alan. the sad thing is that a large mass of people simply don’t understand just how damn lucky we actually are.

    Australian citizenship is quite possibly the greatest gift that can be offered to someone.

  2. Ken Nielsen

    If you are short of time skip alan’s piece (good though it is) and read the comments – best fun you’ll have all week

    Disagree with you totally. Alan, where is your article on peak oil?
    Competition for the NBN means smaller customer bases paying for duplicate infrastructure. Vital national infrastructure does not belong in private hands.

    Wind is too high cost?
    Hah hah ha ha ha ha ha hah hah!
    Unbelievable trash from the IPA, the defenders of economic and environmental vandalism.

  3. Paul Williams

    How about this comment from someone whose not really into exchanging ideas at all. Great screen name too!

    Earle Qaeda :
    21 Dec 2010 8:02:28am
    So what is it with such obviously provocative articles as this one? I have a suspicion that Unleashed is less a true forum designed for the meaningful exchange of ideas, than a source of public opinion for PR & industry groups to develop their client’s policies.

  4. Paul Williams

    Those comments are truly scary, considering the commenters are required to vote.

    DocMercury :
    20 Dec 2010 8:52:30pm
    Prove to me that growth is always a worthy aim.
    There are ample examples of why it is not.

    Especially when much of growth is more like obesity and cancer.

  5. JC

    They’re magnificent comments when you think about it.

  6. daddy dave

    Prove to me that growth is always a worthy aim

    This basically translates as: prove that being rich is better than being poor. Where the hell do you start with such idiocy? Square one I guess.

  7. rog

    Australia has the highest levels of natural wealth per capita in the world

    any evidence to support this statement?

    Curiously some of our miners, like Xstrata, export profits leaving us with a hole in the ground and a bill for infrastructure.

  8. Quentin George

    LOL, the person in that article’s comments does seem to realise the Government plans on flogging off the NBN to try and recoup the money.

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