The Coalition of Obsolete Industries is taking a stand against progress to save our jobs!

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45 Responses to The Coalition of Obsolete Industries is taking a stand against progress to save our jobs!

  1. Stackja says:

    Blacksmith at the forge

  2. Sydney Boy says:

    Brilliant.

  3. JohnA says:

    Well done again, Topher!

  4. rickw says:

    Nice work !!

    Politicians are definitely having a Kodak Moment* with the taxi industry.

    *Not a photo moment, a moment of shovelling money into an obsolete industry.

  5. Stackja says:

    Rickw – technology from glass plates to film to SD

  6. John says:

    Obsolete industries – what are we going to do with all politicians?

  7. Gary in Erko says:

    Jobs are obsolete. The future is contracts.

  8. Hydra says:

    Im going to be fair and say Kodak employed a lot of blind people so their hearts were in the right place even if their heads were not. Or something like that. Right?

    Here, their heads and hearts are both in the wrong place.

  9. Senile Old Guy says:

    Sort of misses the point. The reason there is some merit in the taxi case is that the government has heavily regulated this industry. Of course, the government has heavily regulated most industries, so…

  10. handjive says:

    I will be voting for them.

  11. Rabz says:

    They tuk our jerbs!

  12. Baldrick says:

    Senile Old Guy
    #1887133, posted on December 14, 2015 at 7:55 am
    Sort of misses the point.

    Gotta agree with your point SOG.

    The moral to the story is for governments to let the market decide which businesses are viable instead of falsely propping them up with over-priced regulations, fictitious fees and taxpayer subsidies.

  13. Ellen of Tasmania says:

    The moral to the story is for governments to let the market decide which businesses are viable instead of falsely propping them up with over-priced regulations, fictitious fees and taxpayer subsidies

    And thus make an awful lot of public service jobs obsolete. YAAAAAAYY.

  14. herodotus says:

    The taxi bailout is … rank!

  15. Chris M says:

    Help support Keynesian Economists! Spare a buck for your bruv.

  16. Ubique says:

    The ABC and Fairfax would think this is a legitimate protest.

    Subsidy of employment in obsolete industries is a right and industry protection measures must put in place, and policed by the ACCC, to ensure jobs are not threatened by unfair competition from businesses having an unfair advantage of unfair modern technology or unfair modern processes.

  17. m0nty says:

    Geez, yet another thread about the fossil fuel industry! 🙂

  18. mundi says:

    The issue with taxi industry is that the licence prices reached absurd levels compared to revenue.

    In fisheries our licence to operate is “worth” about $100,000. However that is a tiny proportion of revenue (Not even 5% for someone buying in at the highest of prices),, so much so that even if every licence was obliterated, we would “lose” the $100k, we would probably not be affected at all. And unlike the taxi industry, there is no major disruption from deregulation, as the regulatory over head is very small and keeps almost no one out of the market.

    Now look at taxis, the licence costs most taxis nearly 40% of their Gross income, which is absurd. Up until a year ago, the companies and fat cats who owned these licences were gloating about how they had a 14% PA return – and that’s buying at the high prices. People holding them for decades are seeing returns if 1,000%+ PA.

    Also everyone knows that these licences can be obliterated by regulation at any moment. Hence the high asking price for leading them. For example most licences will lease for 10 to 15% off their sales value PA because of the risk of our being worth nothing eventually. So no way at all should they get bailed out, and i believe in most states licence documents make it clear that three licence can be cancelled at anytime.

  19. Fred says:

    My mother was a typist and worked in typing pools all her life along with thousands and thousands of other women. But then they were brutally thrown on the scrapheap.

    The introductions of “computers” is another example of the entrenched misogyny in our society.

  20. thefrollickingmole says:

    The “price” of a taxi license is entirely artificial.
    Its not a bit regulated.
    Its not just dependent of the government.
    It is entirely and completely an artificial construct designed to put money in government (and a few connected friends) pockets.

    A similar construct is the car industry (second had especially). Government has seen fit to load on regulation and compliance adding thousands of dollars of shit-work to the price of a car, but seem to miss the point that anyone can place a dozen cars on gumtree, or run a ‘cut and shut” shop online.

    There is no level playing field.

  21. Mr Rusty says:

    That maid can come over and clean my place anytime 😀

    You got to love clever “protests” (it’s more of an education really) like this. It’s like a clever version of the Chaser skits. Makes you wonder how many people would actually understand it though, probably why they did it in the vicinity of Martin Place rather than Paramatta.

  22. nerblnob says:

    Geez, yet another thread about the fossil fuel industry

    Monty, there is no single industry called “fossil fuel”.
    Never mind that; it probably doesn’t make any difference to you.

    There are a bunch of separate competing interests producing various types of hydrocarbons, the most efficient, adaptable, and portable energy sources ever developed.

    Demand for these life giving energy sources is the very opposite of obsolete.

    It’s still growing despite the obstructions of ideological opponents in developed countries.

    Production is also the opposite of obsolete: in the case of oil, every time peak oil is said to be imminent, more sources are found and developed with increasingly efficient technology.

    So much so, that despite huge and increasing demand, the world has an oversupply of oil, prices are tumbling, big projects are being postponed or cancelled, and hundreds of thousands of workers made redundant.

    No bailouts, no subsidies. No reliance on taxes and restrictions on the competition.

    Petroleum products demand and forecast

  23. kevin says:

    These people are young …and they seem intelligent. What’s happened?

  24. Mr Rusty says:

    Geez, yet another thread about the fossil fuel industry!

    It’s about subsidies you glutonous gimp. You know, those things da renewballs can’t exist without. Perhaps you missed the bit about electricity (coal) and cars (oil) putting the maid and carriage driver out of work whilst you were stuffing donut #27 of the day in your gob.

  25. Jim says:

    Brilliant!

  26. Struth says:

    Bugger it.
    Too late.
    All that needed to be said, has been.
    Except maybe, that the smell of a soiled nappy may be detrimental to your mental capacity.

  27. Fred Lenin says:

    WELL! Monty the u.n.communist Troller talking about Fosslis ! HAHA !

  28. mark says:

    Well bloody done again, Topher!

    My Dad told me…”Never invest in anything propped up by subsidy” Taxi services, day care centres, car industry, oil exploration,…. If the subsidy gets pulled, the industry collapses…every time!

    Taxi industry is protected by regulation, the licence is protected by regulation. Therefore, trade on a restricted product creates an artificially high market price…just like the renewables industry…CARPETBAGGERS the lot of them. More power to Uber!

  29. Absolutely Fabulous!
    How many idiots signed their petition?

  30. mark says:

    The problem with the ABC/Fairfax media….they really think the pile will save their jobs!

  31. egg_ says:

    I like BoN’s suggestion of ‘Climate Scientists’ now driving for Uber.

  32. RMR says:

    Love it when we can humour to ram home the message. Well done guys.

  33. I’d like to see a swordmarker carrying a sword in that lot. How long before he was arrested?

  34. Swordsmith. Not swordmaker.

  35. . says:

    monty:

    “85 million barrels a day is an out of date industry!”

    LOL indeed.

  36. dan says:

    The reason there is some merit in the taxi case is that the government has heavily regulated this industry

    Sure, that no doubt explains why my last few drivers (in the pre Uber X days) stank so badly I was embarrassed when I got to my meetings, why dispatchers would be told by drivers they had picked me up while I waited for an hour by the side of the road, why my colleague was assaulted and robbed this year (on the one occasion she had not used Uber X all year) by her driver…
    etc…
    etc…

  37. Yohan says:

    Topher is a champ.

  38. John of Mel says:

    These people are young …and they seem intelligent. What’s happened?

    May be the fact that one of them was homeschooled helps. I don’t know.

  39. JohnA says:

    Gary in Erko #1887130, posted on December 14, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Jobs are obsolete. The future is contracts.

    Nope:
    “The king is dead: long live the king”

    Simply moving from one form of employment contract to another.

  40. JohnA says:

    Chris M #1887181, posted on December 14, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Help support Keynesian Economists! Spare a buck for your bruv.

    Sorry, don’t have enough doe!

  41. JohnA says:

    Ubique #1887186, posted on December 14, 2015 at 9:34 am

    The ABC and Fairfax would think this is a legitimate protest.

    Which it is.

    But ABC, Fairfax and the rest of the leftie Keynesian luvvies don’t understand the point of the protest.

  42. JohnA says:

    kevin #1887240, posted on December 14, 2015 at 10:47 am

    These people are young …and they seem intelligent. What’s happened?

    Easy. They avoided being ravaged by the education industry for 13 years of their lives.

    I know Topher and his family, he was home educated.

  43. JohnA says:

    Winston Smith #1887302, posted on December 14, 2015 at 11:39 am
    #1887309, posted on December 14, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I’d like to see a swordmarker carrying a sword in that lot. How long before he was arrested?

    Swordsmith. Not swordmaker.

    Wilkinson Sword, of course – the finest blade in the land!

  44. Linden says:

    I heard it once said, ‘someone invented work to keep the mentally insane occupied while they were out having fun”. Its a bit like the fella who he never had sex with his wife on pay night, it was too much like prostitution, working for a wage is kinda like glorified salvery, it just been jazzed up with a pay packet.

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