Ten years ago Australia had five car manufacturers, Ford, GMH, Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi.
Now we have none. All gone overseas and the reason given? Costs were to high. Funny in that the cars we are now importing (Malaysia etc) are no cheaper.
I remember back in 1968 living in Brisbane, when the 3 major cities back then were Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide a
nd Adelaide was the Industrial City.
Adelaide – South Australia, was where you went to work in the Iron Ore Industry, or where you could get a job making railway tracks for B.H.P.
You could get a job building ships, submarines, cars, washing machines, fridges, TV’s, Hills hoists, Victa Lawn Mowers or make tyres at Bridgestone tyres.
Treacherous politicians in 1986 ratified the Lima Agreement, entered into in 1975 by Whitlam, which transferred Australia’s manufacturing industries to Asia. These FX model Holdens were made in Australia starting in 1948. Today all car makers have left our shores.
Lightburn Washing Machine Company even made a car called a Zeta.
It was not much of a car, but at least it was Australian and we built it.
I worked at Stanvac where we made our own Petrol, Diesel, Kerosene and Oil.
We had Oil Rigs in Bass Straight, North West Shelf and the Timor Sea.
We even had Australian owned Service Stations like (H.C. Sleigh) Golden Fleece and many of us young wanna-be mechanics back then worked as a driveway attendant. (Just like Stanley).
I remember catching a train from the city to Gawler and then on to Freeling, Hamley Bridge, Stockport, Riverton, up to Clare, Gladstone, Laura etc.
And all these towns were bustling with activity, and on the weekends they were all open for business.
Our shops were filled on every shelf with food and products all proudly made or grown, in Australia.
Our fridge was full of Lamb Chops and Steaks because it was cheap as we were a huge Lamb and Beef growing Nation.
And once a month Mum would make us all a delicacy!
It was called a Sunday Roast Chicken.
I remember when we all had trade skills and high quality tools that would last and last.
But most of all we had Mates. We as Australians watched each other’s backs even if we had not met yet, and we all said G’Day to everyone with a smile.
Our kids could go anywhere they liked on their bikes, just as long as they were home before dark.
Australia was pretty safe back then.
Yes, Australia was once a self supporting nation that had it all.
It had Farms that produced our dairy, fruit & vegies and meats etc.
And Politicians back then were known as Statesmen and they were voted by the people, for the people, on behalf of the people and did what the people wanted.
We had public utilities owned by us the people, that guaranteed our Electricity, Water and Sewage forever.
No one knew how much the Snowy Mountain Scheme cost, we just built it.
No one knew how much the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Indian-Pacific railway cost!
WE JUST BUILT IT!
Who Signed the Lima Declaration?
Then came CORPORATE GREED.
Now everything above has GONE.
Now we don’t watch each other’s backs anymore but watch each other through security bars, burglar alarms, and security screens.
Now we dob each other in.
Now we import poor quality processed food.
Now we import cheap tools that break just taking them out of the packet they come in.
Now we rely on ships to bring in our fuels.
Now we can’t afford our own Lamb or Beef anymore.
Now we eat steroid pumped chicken just about every day.
Now we import trade skill workers on 457 Visa’s.
Now we have high unemployment as nearly all of our Industry and Manufacturing has gone offshore.
Now we have that many Laws that we have just about outlawed ourselves.
But I guess we need even more laws, so now we will have Sharia Law as well.
We now pay for water that falls out of the sky at $3.80 a litre.
Now we have taxes for everything.
Taxes for carbon, taxes for sake of having taxes, (They call them Levy’s).
And don’t forget the newest tax is the ISLAMIC TAX (Halal Certification)
Now here in South Australia in our towns we have Railway Stations and railway tracks, but no trains.
We have Public Bus Stops in our Towns but no buses.
We have Hospitals and Clinics but very few Doctors or Nurses.
We all have Mobile Phones, and have little to no reception.
We have Digital TV’s with Bugger all Signal in the country.
And the worst of all, is our once great nation is being sold off, piece by piece to every other country on earth, except us.
Tis very sad but very true! Enjoy whats left while you can?
The Australia we knew when growing up is now STUFFED!!!
-from Gary Matthews