Home' Baird Maritime : September 2011 Contents At a recent forestry meeting in Australia, one robustly worded
placard read: "Greens: it's about jobs, not frogs, you dopey
bastards!". Coincidentally, the CEO of steelmaker Blue Scope
has just announced that the Australian manufacturing industry
and jobs are "under siege".
A bit late I thought, as it has been under siege for some time,
predominantly by the Green policies pervading every level of
government for the last ten years, obstructing and penalising every
aspect of business. After World War Two, Germany was hit by a
"De-industrialisation Policy" imposed by the US, UK and Russia to
prevent them from starting WW3. Australia has been on the
receiving end of a de-industrialisation policy for the last decade,
but what did we do wrong?
Even before the global financial crisis and the high Australian
dollar, Green policies were biting, certainly putting our marine
industry under siege. Ship-builders with any miniscule trace
elements of copper antifouling in their soils had contamination
orders posted on the properties, ensuring that the banks withdrew
loans or mortgages. We lost many small yards this way.
Fibreglass boat-builders were and still are constantly harassed
by local government inspectors detecting miniscule traces of
styrene content, even in the most modern facilities. All
boat-builders are subjected to ongoing harassment on waterfront
issues such as mangroves. Expansion plans or even launchings
have been thwarted or seriously impeded by eco-sensitive
mangroves in the area.
Steel boat-builders have been advised lately that to buy pre-cut
plates that are primed and marked is no longer possible, as "the
environmental constraints now imposed on the blasting and
priming are rendering this service as no longer cost competitive". A
colleague who exports kit-form boats immediately switched his
purchasing to Singapore. Does Singapore have environmentally
lower or suspect standards? Hardly likely!
Our fishing industry has been massacred nationwide due to
Green perception policies and not scientific fact. Many fishers have
been forced to sell their boats and find other employment as a
result of a devastating combination of having their licences cut to
unsustainable levels, and the problems posed by marine parks.
Generations of fishing families will tell you appalling tales of how
they have lost their traditional businesses.
Even the boat-building industry that once built all
types of fishing boats has an empty order book. More people on
The dredging industry, a long time enemy of the greens, has
been effectively neutered. Fifteen years ago the Brisbane River
dredgers were halted by the Greens on the basis of visual pollution.
The Greens were so dopey they could not join the dots between
halting dredging and creating flood problems.
The citizens of the state of Victoria had to spend AUD100
million (US$104 million) fighting the Greens during the last
decade just to get the Port of Melbourne deepened for bigger ships.
Amazingly, the predicted devastation of fish and the eco-system
Other sectors under attack
Mining friends advise me that the Australian environmental
requirements to obtain a mining licence is close to total obstruction
and well beyond the word "reasonable". Even the Chinese Premier
Wen Jaiboa pointed this out to our prime minister in a meeting on
April 26 this year, which she duly ignored.
The forestry industry on Fraser Island in Queensland state was
closed down due to Green policies, and all the staff lost their
jobs, on the timber-barging service as well as the forestry
workers. Yet, take a walk with an older resident and they will
show you the regrowth forestry on one side of the road and on
the other side an untouched area -- you will not be able to spot
Along the same stretch of coast, North Stradbroke Island has
now been advised that sand-mining is to halt due to the island
having to return to an eco-tourism centre. This operation was run
to an extremely high standard of environmental practices, but that
doesn't count for zip. Queensland state premier Anna Bligh has
signalled her endorsement of environment before community
wellbeing, and so she should, as it was Green preferences that kept
her in office.
The pinnacle of Green stupidity is their animal activist cohorts
seizing on one Television program on cruelty to cattle in an
Indonesian slaughterhouse to destroy the live cattle export trade.
Hundreds of people, again including generations of families, were
put under enormous financial pressure and many went to the wall.
The damage to our export earnings was also considerable.
Storing up trouble
So what happens when we put more people on the street?
Firstly the nation's wealth evaporates. Yes, tick that box. Secondly
the level of social disorder increases. Observe the recent riots in
British cities, with the masses taking great delight in the
destruction of houses, shops, cars and property.
Despite history being full of unemployed revolutionaries
taking matters into their own hands, the dopey Greens have not
yet joined the dots between joblessness and serious social unrest.
Even kindergarten teachers will tell you that kids have to be kept
busy or they will turn to fighting, arguments and disobedience.
The Australian Gold Coast now has record crime rates as a result
of local high unemployment. We have never seen so much
unnecessary dismantling of jobs and industries and the Greens are
prancing unchallenged in the epicentre of this madness. They
continue to leave a trail of devastation.
So if you are a vocal activist or supporter of the Greens or
animal rights, do not be the least bit surprised if you answer
your door one night, and find someone standing there with a
look of exasperation, and a large gun pointing directly towards
your pea brain.
With STUART BALLANTYNE
THE THOUGHTS OF A
September 2011 BAIRD MARITIME
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