Can we avoid becoming the white trash of Asia?

How long can the economy and household budgets survive the lockdown and the amount of transient power that will infect the grid before the rush to RE is finished?

Our chances will improve if we can have a wide-ranging and uncensored public debate about all the issues that call for an adult discussion. Can that happen as long as the billion dollar national broadcaster is a conservative-free zone, likewise the mainstream media,  the university funded Conversation website will not admit dissenting views on science, the universities have given in to political correctness and section 16c stands?

PS.  When will the US Democrats find two responsible adults to contest the Presidency?

Off topic. One of my relatives has just published a book and my kindle is not working. Someone tell me if I need to get it fixed.

Liberty Quote.  Government now penetrates almost every institution in society and through its vast money power has already corroded our federal system and our public debate. Few will speak against the government of the day for fear of loss of benefit or threat of political retribution— David Kemp

Liberty Quote. Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. — Ronald Reagan

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40 Responses to Can we avoid becoming the white trash of Asia?

  1. Mark M

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  2. Our Chairman has had the taste of unfettered power and Victoristan is going hell for leather with new RE. Once the state is brought to its knees, this power will be wielded once again, for the good of the state.

  3. Herodotus

    We can’t afford the “indulgences” associated with climate scam and carbon reduction by any means which avoids the bleeding obvious – that we need new coal and or nuclear power stations and no more unaffordable and unreliable wind or solar foolery.
    With China cutting up rough about our exports we will probably have a period of reduced earnings on top of the virus damage to the economy. Everything must now be reviewed and all lead weights in the saddlebags jettisoned.

  4. Michael Folie

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  5. miltonf

    Back when China was a closed country like North Korea, we managed fine.

  6. billie

    why are our leaders convinced that either RE or some new yet to arrive technology will supply the energy we need?

    because they will be long gone when it all screws up perhaps

  7. Roger

    Liberty Quote. Government now penetrates almost every institution in society and through its vast money power has already corroded our federal system and our public debate. Few will speak against the government of the day for fear of loss of benefit or threat of political retribution— David Kemp

    Like the withdrawal of their right to manage their land as they see fit?

    Oh, wait…David Kemp, John Howard et. al. took that away 20 years ago.

  8. Roger

    Australia is now officially in an economic recession.

    Well done ScoMo, Josh, Dan, Anna, et.al..

    You’ve wreaked more havoc on citizen’s lives than covid ever would have.

  9. miltonf

    Spot on Roger- actions speak loader than words. Zero credibility.

  10. Steve

    Well we certainly seem to be under economic attack by communists both inside and outside of Australia. We have communists destroying Victoria and others locking borders to kill off trade. We have a war against our population to keep them locked in houses and unable to work, go to church, or live normally. Its appears to be direct assault to inflict maximum psychological stress to break peoples will and minds so they roll over and take a vaccine ( likely with a chip in it…..) the trick is to basically break people. Its called psychological warfare. Now we have what appears to be a medical dictatorship by Dangerous D in Victoria
    The US CDC released a report saying 94% of alleged “covid deaths” were actually due to people having pre-existing medical conditions.

    https://fox8.com/news/coronavirus/new-cdc-report-shows-94-of-covid-19-deaths-in-us-had-underlying-medical-conditions/

    So covid is a pussy, they need to release lockdwon now, or as has happened in Borady and Dandenong, people will just ignore the draconian lockdown orders. The cops cannot win.

    Sweden is the model we need to follow.

    Oh and tell the chinese to go jump. We can sell stuff to india just as easily as them. And cut off thier iron ore supply too.

  11. miltonf

    What does David Kemp do with himself these days?

  12. Rafe Champion

    Liberty Quote
    Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
    — Ronald Reagan

  13. miltonf

    RR- someone with a great deal of credibility. Still love his 1964 speech for Goldwater.

  14. Roger

    What does David Kemp do with himself these days?

    He writes books & addresses conferences, passing himself off as a conservative.

    He ought to have retired from pubic life and devoted his time to repentance and good works.

  15. Suburban Boy

    We will most likely avoid becoming the “poor white trash of Asia”: not by sound economic management but simply by continuing our current immigration policies for another 50 years or so.

  16. Megan

    What does David Kemp do with himself these days?

    That could very well be a question to which we do not need to know the answer.

  17. miltonf

    The Howard era has not aged well.

  18. miltonf

    Almost worse than Fraser.

  19. Roger

    Almost worse than Fraser.

    At least Fraser did nothing.

  20. miltonf

    Sometimes it’s better to do nothing but they seem to need to dance to the press gallery’s tune. Canberra has become an abomination.

  21. Bruce in WA

    Off topic. One of my relatives has just published a book and my kindle is not working. Someone tell me if I need to get it fixed.

    I use the Kindle app, as someone said up-page. Works fine.

    I had a quick squiz at the sample pages of the book. Could I respectfully suggest your rellie beg, borrow or steal the services of a competent editor? The text is greatly devalued by having any number of typos/grammatical/vocabulary errors. For example: “for all intensive purpose” (for all intents and purposes), “per functionary” for “perfunctory”, “whaling” for “wailing”, “peddles” for “pedals”, “paves” for “paved”, mismatches of plurals and singulars, and direct speech punctuation that is inconsistent and, to be kind, idiosyncratic.

    I hope you’ll take this in the spirit in which it’s offered; I know how much work goes into a manuscript.

  22. Pyrmonter

    Can we avoid becoming the white trash of Asia?

    Only if we eschew the anti-market, anti-prosperity national conservatism that has taken over most of the Cat. How many commenters think Franco, de Valera and Peron were models?

  23. Eyrie

    He ought to have retired from pubic life and devoted his time to repentance and good works.

    Seppukku is always an option.

  24. Neil

    The Howard era has not aged well.

    What was wrong with Howard/Costello? Unemployment went from 8% to 4% for starters after being high from 1983-1996.

    Since Whitlam trashed the budget debt reached 7% of GDP by 1983 and 18% by 1996. By running surplus budgets and asset sales Hoard too govt debt to zero and started a $80B Future Fund. Saved approx $200B in just 11 years.

    We have not run a surplus budget since 2007 racking up $400B of govt debt with lots more to come. I would really like to know what Costello would have done during the GFC and now

  25. miltonf

    What was wrong with Howard/Costello?

    Signing us up to the ICC, the RET, the assault on property rights, work choices, no action on the ABC

  26. duncanm

    Can we avoid becoming..

    forget it – I think we’re already there.

  27. Neil

    Signing us up to the ICC, the RET, the assault on property rights, work choices, no action on the ABC

    All govts do bad things. On balance we needed Howard. Govt debt went from zero in 1972 to 18% of GDP by 1996. Without Howard/Costello it would have hit 30% of GDP by 2007 and who knows what it would be now.

    But WorkChoices may not have been as bad as people thing. If a 10% cut in wages get some snotty nosed unemployable a job that is good

    Assault on property rights is something i have not heard of before

  28. incoherent rambler

    wot duncanm said

  29. miltonf

    iberty Quote. Government now penetrates almost every institution in society and through its vast money power has already corroded our federal system and our public debate. Few will speak against the government of the day for fear of loss of benefit or threat of political retribution— David Kemp

    Like the withdrawal of their right to manage their land as they see fit?

    Oh, wait…David Kemp, John Howard et. al. took that away 20 years ago.

  30. miltonf

    If a 10% cut in wages get some snotty nosed unemployable a job that is good

    Easy for some to say

  31. Neil

    Easy for some to say

    Better than being unemployed.

    One guy told me he liked WorkChoices because he worked a second job on Saturday because he needed the extra money. When WC’s came in he went to his boss and asked to work on Saturday something that the Company did not do because they could not afford time and a half. When WC’s came in he went to his boss and asked to work on Saturday and the boss agreed because under WC’s he did not have to pay penalty rates.

    Everybody was happy. The guy did not have to travel to a second job on Saturday and got more money because his day job paid more anyway.

    Just playing devils advocate. Plus some things in WC’s are now law like cashing in your annual leave

  32. I think our university educated yoof are unprepared for a life on the road picking fruit and routine farm work.

  33. liliana

    No
    It is too late. People are waking up to find it is all too late.
    Tell your grandkids to learn mandarin.

  34. yarpos

    The “white trash of Asia” was the comment du jour in the mid 90’s when I fist started woking aound Asia Pac. Didnt turn out that way then , probably wont this time either. Does tend to get peoples attention though. They like to think Australia is beset by problems and the rest of the region is powering on, when it reality every every country is battling its own demons. The only sure thing at the moment is that China has eveyone offside.

  35. Pyrmonter

    Not with more of this nonsense: ‘Codes of Conduct’ that would re-direct resources from their highest value use:

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-02/softwood-resource-exported-to-china-amid-log-supply-insecurity/12617994

    Remind me, the coalition are our pro market party?

  36. Vicki

    Had a good laugh when I heard that China referred to us as “the white trash of Asia”.

    But not as good as their last insult – “Australia is like chewing gum on our shoes”! Really loved that one – it means we are REALLY annoying them.

    Clive Hamilton’s book “Hidden Hand” will also have revved them up. Boy – interesting revelations about which Aussie notables have sucked up to them in the past few years!

    However, whatever you think of Morrison and his band of men – I don’t think sucking up to China is on the agenda.

  37. Squirrel

    There’ll be a lot more poor Chinese before this is over – so that’ll make us relatively better off, won’t it….

    As to the Democrats, surely they have at least one or two half-decent Governors who could be made over as presidential candidates.

  38. Iain Russell

    Too many ‘niet-blankes’ to be white trash. More like melange, mongrels, mixies, mulattos – but all poor together.

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