About 35 short years ago everyone had Jobs everywhere, in fact Mums use to stay home and families all lived happily just on Dads wages.
We had Iron Ore and great steel industries, we had shipbuilding, Car manufacturing, Holden, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Ford even Lightburn made a Zeta, we built TV’s, radio’s, washing machines, Victa lawnmowers, hills hoists & fine furniture manufacturing. We built Car parts and we even made our own tyres at Bridgestone! We had fishing ports all over Australia from Port Lincoln to Brunswick Heads. We made our own cheap Petrol that was refined at Stanvac Oil refinery in SA, Bulimba Refinery in Brisbane. Mortlake Sydney Refinery’s from oil brought in from the Bass Strait, North West Shelf and the Timor Sea.
We built Aircraft, Boats, Submarines and battlecruisers, Ships, warships. Buses. Locomotives, Diesel-electric trains, as well as the tracks, and you can add hundreds more to that list.
And everything was “PROUDLY MADE IN AUSTRALIA”
We had Corner stores and Milk Bars and Deli’s, and Hardware shops all over the city and country. Our Rural towns were a hive f activity as they were very strong Communities and were linked by a vast rail network that now lies dormant forever all across the country.
Flea Markets everywhere on the weekends. All our food was fresh and local. Our Milk and bread were delivered every morning fresh to our doorstep in recyclable glass bottles.
We paid our rates to the local council to maintain our streets and remove our rubbish. and we use to dump our extra rubbish free at the local tips.
We had work available as driveway attendants at all our local Service Stations, that was when we had Australian owned Service Stations like GOLDEN FLEECE that even had restaurants owned by H.C. Sleigh… and AMPOL. I even remember good old STANLEY who checked your tyres, checked your oils and washes your windscreen. And at ALL these places you could always find a JOB!!!
I remember going to Myers, David Jones and Waltons etc to buy Clothes and there was always someone with a tape measure to measure me up and all my NEW clothes fitted perfectly… Today I have to take clothes off the shelves, get them out of the packets, Take them to the fitting room and try them on… If they don’t fit put them back and keep trying till you get some that do fit. 2 Hours later take them to the checkout that if it is not a Self Serve checkout. They are scanned and the operator tells me the price… Oh, I say… Can you tell me, the second-hand price, please???? These are new She replies… No, they are not! These shirts smell under the armpits… These are not new at all… How many people before me have tried them on??? I don’t know what diseases people have. This is a public health issue.
We had PUBLIC UTILITIES like Power Stations, Water & Gas which would employ thousand around the Country and it was always so cheap, it would sustain thousands of Industries all over the Nation, this was how thousands of jobs were created.
We were all taught Respect for others and ourselves at school.
Then the bloody Government starting selling out our very souls !!!! It started to Corporatise itself and began to compete against private enterprise instead of Govern. Local Councils started to buy up Caravan & Tourist Parks in all the major tourist spots and build Shopping Hubs and rented them out and at the same time dictate to all others what you can and can not do…
Then we started going downhill.
All our companies and manufacturers started going offshore or close down because this new corporate government did deals with other countries under free trade agreements that allowed them to totally wipe out our business and manufacturing by allowing the foreign business to start flooding our once great nation with their cheap crap.
We as Australians use to all watch each other’s backs and respect each other and all say G’day with a smile because we were all happy with our freedom and our wonderful democracy. Children could safely go anywhere as long as they were home before dark. Now we just watch each other through security screens and burglar alarms and live in constant FEAR & STRESS
These Foreign Countries were allowed to just march in and start taking over and rape and pillage all our resources. They started driving our Farmers off their lands and then sold it to these foreign countries.
They cut back funding to our education system and slowed down teaching trade skills to our youth and set up 457 visa’s to replace our trade workers with poor quality cheap workers from overseas. These things left our once beautiful Country in tatters!
Politicians allowed Foreign Countries to buy our Power Stations and guaranteed them that they would always make a profit at our expense no matter what.
Now because we have lost so much the Government then realised they don’t get much income anymore and have to find new ways to make money so it hits it’s own people further in the pocket. They invented things like GST, Excise Taxes, Levy’s buy the hundreds on everything. They cut funding to our Emergency Services and forced us to all pay an Emergency Services Levy, they cut funding to our Police and Public housing.
All our Public owned Forestries were sold off to foreign ownership.
These new Corporate Government Politicians laughed in our faces and gave themselves MASSIVE pay rises and they all pat themselves on the back knowing that we are so dumb and stupid we would not know what is going on!
Now they tell us we have to tighten our belts and lose what little we have left to pay back the MASSIVE DEBT they left us all in after gifting other countries billions in foreign aid setting up their countries at the peril of our own…
Everywhere I shop today just about everything is “MADE IN CHINA” and it dawned on me that every time I buy something made in China I am actually funding China to buy up my own country out from under my feet. We are making China so much profit they can now afford to buy us right out which is exactly what they are doing and our Government is helping them do so.
Today I drive the main roads around Adelaide and all I see is the empty buildings that once housed all these great manufacturing companies and when I drive past the Holden Plant at Elizebeth totally empty I begin to literally cry for what has happened to my once great nation.
This overpaid government need more taxes to live on so they are now going to force our elderly (God bless them, for they were the ones that helped build this Nation in the first place) back into the workforce until they are 70. and tell everyone to go out and get a JOB!! But this is NOT just South Australia, this has happened all over Australia.
So can someone in this new Corporate Government tell us EXACTLY WHERE THESE BLOODY JOBS ARE???????????????????????
ALL YOU HAD TO WAS SELL THE MILK AUSTRALIA… NOT THE WHOLE COW!
TODAY EVERY SINGLE THING LISTED ABOVE IS NOW GONE, GONE, GONE AND JUST LEFT TO DECAY!!!!
MY HOW THIS ONCE MIGHTY 100% SELF SUFFICIENT NATION HAS FALLEN…
And while you’s sit there reading all this thinking this was another Aaron Taylor FB rant about the government running us down the drain, it was in fact…
Gary J Matthews.