Friends, Australia has been hit by two catastrophes: We have Phoney Abbott as our Prime Minister and General Motors has announced that it is withdrawing its manufacturing of Holden vehicles in Australia in 2017. It is following in the footsteps of Mitsubishi and Ford. Only Toyota will be left.
Abbott has been in power for 100 days and during that time he has alienated the Indonesians with his ‘me-tough-white-man’ talking. He’s also done a job on China by supporting Japanese claims to resource-rich islands in the South China sea as well as continuing to support the U.S. pivot to South-East Asia which aims to contain and restrict the growth of China.
We already have wall-to-wall Americans in our country and support much of their spying infrastructure, their drone infrastructure, their navy and air force, etc, to the extent that we spied on the Indonesian leader according to Snowdon and listened to his wife’s phone calls. They were not impressed!
Given that China and Indonesia are close to us and are major trading partners and buy gazillions of dollars worth of our minerals, coal, gas, live cattle, etc, it surely doesn’t make sense to get either of them offside because of clumsy diplomatic blunderings and lack of tact or vision.
But the real crunch will come in 2017 when Ford and Holden close down together. Suddenly thousands of car workers will flood the labour market and they will be followed by many more thousands of people from the ranks of component manufacturers who supply Ford and Holden with parts which will no longer be required. Where will all these skilled people go? What will the economic cost be to support the unemployed? It will be massive!
It is rather sad that we had six years of continuous instability because of the Rudd-Gillard Government and now we have a worse Government that has a slash and burn mentality which will surely throw Australian into a deep recession.
Australia can no longer afford to support America and its imperialism. We have to adjust to the fact that we live in South-East Asia and we must forge ties with our neighbours lest they turn on us and see us as enemies.
Australia must learn to be independent of America. Association with it is detrimental to our future!