The Abbott Government is signalling that, in order to survive, the lowly plebeian masses must be prepared to return to the ‘dark ages’ and live a Hobbesian life — ‘solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short.’
But does it have to be that way? Do we have to live by the slogan alone?
In desperate ‒ budget emergency times ‒ such as these, we are told, we can no longer afford to invest in science, the arts, trees, a liveable climate, public education, universal health care, refugees, alms for the poor sick and elderly, canned fruits or a car industry.
Abbott has declared:“I want building the roads of the 21st century to be a hallmark of my government.”
We may get roads but we won’t have the cars. At least not a car industry in Australia, nor its associated jobs. Australia might be ‘open for business’, but Ford, Holden and Toyota are all clearing out.
All told, thousands of jobs have been declared as lost from Toyota, Holden and Ardmona. Ford will cease production in October 2016 and Holden and Toyota in 2017. The decision also means the end of a car components industry that employs more than 30,000.http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/abbott-ends-australian-age-of-enlightenment,6154