Comrades, I’m a little bit confused here at the moment, perhaps it’s the drugs. But, we’re we told that Whyalla was going to be wiped out by the introduction of the former Gillard Governments Carbon Tax which was going to “wipe Whyalla off the map!” Well that’s what former PM Tony Abbott claimed, yes but we all know what happened to him don’t we? He got on his bike and rode around the back blocks of the country for ‘Polly Pedal’ along with selling copies of his book Battlelines. He was also able to claim all his over-night expenses as he’s a federal politician; not sure if that including the non-sales of his book.
Abbott did claim Whyalla was going to be wiped out by the Carbon Tax, which it didn’t because he and his pissants rescinded the Carbon Tax legislation; remember how the Abbott front bench all celebrated in federal parliament? So the dumped Carbon Tax has nothing to do with the possible demise of a once mighty steel making town of Whyalla. The rescinding of the Carbon Tax was meant to take a great weight of industry and make it more efficient and productive. No, what might see the demise of Whyalla was Abbott’s push for free trade deals and the complete removal of protection for the steel industry in this country. Another example of why the man should never have been PM, or allowed near the office again!
Now, what does this mean for ‘our’ esteemed Minister for Industry Minister, the Honourable Christopher Pyne and other Liberals from South Australia? Well, there is a good case the majority of Liberals could lose their seats, including a number of Senators, such the Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, who is a moderate and a strong Turnbull supporter. In other words the Liberals are in deep shit in South Australia and might want to consider reviewing their industry policy and pretty damn quick.
If Whyalla closes, who is going to supply the steel for the submarines and ships earmarked to be built in SA, the Chinese? I don’t think so! However, the Chinese might jump at the idea of supplying steel for sub’s and destroyers that might one day be used to either monitor them, or God forbid, involved in a conflict with the Chinese People’s Liberation Navy! The steel I dear say might be filled with defects.
If the Arrium steel works in Whyalla closes it would be a death blow for the town and the Eyre Peninsula. There is not much in the steel town of Whyalla, which has only one major employer and that is the steel works. If workers are made redundant they can forget about selling up and moving on as there would be no buyers and the town could possibly end up a ghost town looking like Detroit in the US, with boarded up worthless housing. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
Here is a question for you all to ponder on: Why is it all right for the federal government to provide assistance in the housing industry, such as negative gearing, capital gains tax and the first home owners grant. Yet it is not alright to provide government assistance to industries such as the steel and automobile manufacturers? Now, the IPA will suggest it is a waste of tax payer’s money for the government, any government to provide any industry assistance or support in the way of grants, tariffs, quotas or subsidies as it props up unstainable industries and is a form of socialism.
The steel for these important and very expensive ships and subs should be source from within Australia. It is also time to review Australia’s industry and manufacturing policies before the country is completely deindustrialised.
On the bright side, I hear the surf is excellent in Whyalla and so is the fishing.