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Saturday, 16th December 2017

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WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA'S INDUSTRIAL WASTELAND

Renny Carter

Renny Carter, 53, is an old journo and one of the Liberal Party's faceless men, who has opinions on anything and everything in contemporary life.

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If Australia was a business (it is) - it would be in receivership right now. No self respecting accountant type would let it trade while insolvent for another day. When everything that is coming in only covers the debt interest bill, it would be all over bar the shouting.

I stood in one of the vast halls of a giant Australian motor vehicle manufacturing plant last week. A huge company that employed thousands and had done so for generations - well over 100 years.

I have bought a number of their products which were as venerable as Australians themselves.

Today it is a cold, draughty place with the only audible sound the dripping water from the holes in the roof. Its machines either lay idle or are stripped out for their scrap value. The workers’ lockers remain as they were - their doors left open and swinging with the smell of mildewed old lunches hanging in the air.

A family of possums has moved in, going by the excrement on every flat surface. A huge empty nothing that not long ago, vibrated to the sound of frenetic and wonderful production. And it is a picture that is so commonplace today that the asset realisation experts and demolishers can barely keep up.

The question is - why? And the answer is -Greed! Greed brought about by militant unions demanding more and more until they finally bring an enormous number of once-proud manufacturers to their knees. Unable to compete. Unable to proceed any further.

The workforce, once happy with every EBA their union masters came up with, didn't perhaps realise that one day they would be out of a job and unlikely to find another. So that worked out well didn't it?

So I asked one of my colleagues what his take on it was. Funnily enough, he is just now coming to grips with yet another union EBA demand which will guarantee that any profit that might be made is cut so intensely fine - that if one little thing goes wrong - they are suddenly out of business.

But here's the rub. And this is where 'Shorton Brains' and his union buddies just don't get it. This clown goes on and on about 'edukashun.' We need more 'edukashun' he continually whines in his unsolicited policy speeches. Guess what Bill. We bloody well don't. There are no jobs you idiot.

And this is where the unions don't get it either. In the aforementioned business they employed lots of engineers and project managers - all multi degreed men and women who studied for years and worked hard to get where they were. They had enormous responsibilities. And worked long hours. But the unionists in the same business - from general labourers to machine operators who worked for them - were vastly better off.

An 18 year old kid can walk in off the street and get a job as a general site dog’s body with little or no education and he will earn $5 an hour less than a multiple degreed engineer who has six years of education and 20 years of work under his belt. So the engineer feels a bit cheated and the unions rub their hands together because the gap has closed.

They hate bosses as part of their charter. The war against the bloody elite university bred bastard bosses is being won. And Shorton Brains wants every man woman and child to go to university? Surely he wants them to be turned into socialists and not to gain any usable knowledge for which few jobs exist.

Today this great nation of ours does not produce a car - something it has done since 1925 or thereabouts when Henry Ford built his plant at Geelong and Holden built its headquarters at Fishermans Bend.

Our oil refiners have all but all closed down. It's cheaper to bring it in from Singapore in a boat. Thousands of jobs lost. Alcoa viewed Australia as a great new hope and opportunity in the 1950s - and today its plants are being torn down and recycled. All jobs are gone.

And that's only a few notables from a very long list of closures.

All we had to do was not get too greedy and keep working. But when you force wages through the roof, things happen. Profit margins drop to nothing. Other countries that are not as greedy put their hands up to make the same stuff.

Real estate, food and utilities go through the roof to keep up with the high wage demands and the whole thing descends into a cycle of decline that leaves the place up to its arse in debt with no jobs. A commercial wasteland.

Australia is now seriously rooted and the Libs are again trying to save us from complete disaster. Only this time they don't have a fighting chance. When Global businesses don't support a country - it's all over bar the shouting.

Meanwhile our unions and Labor leaders have been making hay while the sun shone. The union bosses - so awash with the subscriptions and donations of their members and 'partners' - have been partying big time. Millions have been squandered on everything from property to prostitutes, some have fallen by the wayside like those in prison, while others hunker down hoping to Jesus that the Royal Commission will not see their names on anything.

Our former Labor leaders - having thrown our money around like it was petty cash - now reap the benefits of their wages. Rudd - the cretinous little Narcissist now resides near his new power base at Harvard working on US/China relations. Some sort of study that is redundant even before he formulates it. And utterly irrelevant to Australia - the place 'he loves so much'.

Gillard seems to be permanently on the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton - although God only knows why. Something about America having its first female President which she trail blazed and should therefore be regarded like some sort of modern day Emmeline Pankhurst. God help us! Are they doing anything at all for Australia -the country they pillaged and then basically deserted.

The same country that continues, for some unknown reason, to pay them millions!

Why can't they means test these Socialist cretins? Rudd made sure his family would prosper when he was working in government circles in Queensland. He put all sorts of dodgy contracts his wife's way and she is now worth somewhere in the ballpark of $120 million!

Why then is this man entitled to another $750,000 pa of our money for the rest of his life? 

If a would-be pensioner was successful in life- they DON'T get a pension! They have enough! But not Rudd and his crumby family. Gillard wants to work at a university she gave $100 million to - unchallenged. So let her work. She's young enough to make a good living for the rest of her life. Why do we reward her massively after she and her cohorts sent us broke? When are we going to realize that this system - this way of doing things is unsustainable? When we are all living on the streets?

Trust me folks - that is yet to come. But it will come. There is no other way. Miracles can only be performed where there is a pulse.

And Australia is currently in a Socialist induced coma.



Comments

Greed and Mediocrity.

I worked for 43 years, and I now claim the pension. Why is it that politicians only have to be there 3 terms and they get a pension, with all the extras? The worker in Australia cannot claim a pension until 65. Why is it that politicians get a pension before they are 65?

With the energy revolution underway in India, what is important to the Australian coal mining industry is the fact that Indian coal, and coal from Indonesia, which is currently the major source of imported material, is not generally suitable as a fuel in modern power stations.

The bulk of India’s power stations use sub-critical technology because it is cheaper and generates more carbon dioxide emissions. But, from 2017 all new coal power stations will be required to use super-critical technology, or better.

In other words, not only is India going to grow its coal-fired power sector it is going to be looking for more high energy, low ash coal to replace the low energy, high ash, domestic material, and what it imports from Indonesia. Australia’s high quality coal is the best-placed to meet India’s changing (and growing) energy market – which is some of the best news in years for coal miners.

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The elected union official announces the results of negotiations with the employers. ‘From now on,’ he tells his fellow officials , ‘all wages are going to be doubled, holidays will be six months a year, and we are only going to have to work on Fridays.’ ‘What!’ comes a cry from the back of the office, ‘Every bloody Friday? What about lunch at the Golden Century?’

As we all know, we don't have a manufacturing industry anymore, we don't make anything here and it has been that way for a long time. Some of the reasons for that are noncompetitive labour costs without production QA incentive off-sets, tariff reductions and the imbeciles (politicians) in our parliament system. Now you see all these union leaders jumping ship doing what ever it takes to get a parliament seat, they know the games is up. Have a look around when next in a large shopping complex, most of the workers are of young Asian/Indian decent, non-union casuals who just get-on with the job, call-centers based overseas, and what manufacturing is left are certainly not staffed by Anglo-Saxon union labor. Industry has purposely done this to unshackle the union hold on their workforce.

Great news for Yancoal .............................................................YANCOAL Australia’s project to extend the mine life of the Stratford open cut coal operation by 11 years has received final state approval from the New South Wales Planning Assessment Commission.




Yancoal's Stratford operation is located 95km north of Newcastle in the Gloucester Basin. Courtesy of Yancoal.


The project is based on extracting up to 13.8 million tonnes of thermal and coking coal (out of up to 21.5Mtpa run of mine) at a maximum rate of 2.6Mtpa until 2025.


The project could potentially create up to 250 new jobs if it goes ahead too, although it still requires federal environmental approval and will also need to be economically viable.

Consequently Yancoal, which is primarily focused on advancing its Moolarben underground expansion plans in the state, is also yet to indicate any potential start dates for Stratford-related construction activity as coal prices continue to struggle.

Mining at Statford ceased due to weak coal prices in 2013, with a few staff remaining at the processing plant to produce coal from the nearby Duralie mine (20km south).

The synergies between the Gloucester Basin sites were noted by the PAC in its approval.

“The commission supports the project, as it allows for the rational and efficient extraction of a coal resource within an existing mine, and ensures the continuation of its strong association with the nearby Duralie mine,” PAC said.

JUST as Europe’s Big Oil fired its salvo at coal to fight climate change as the world’s leaders gather for a UN conference, Glencore has led the World Coal Association’s latest bid to be part of the carbon solution, saying cleaner coal technologies are “vital” to reducing carbon dioxide emissions.


Speaking at a WCA workshop in London on Monday, Glencore chairman Mick Buffier said greater investment in cleaner coal was needed to meet the growing energy needs of the developing world which forms the bulk of the demand picture for coal.


“For many countries, the reality is that the only way they can meet their growing energy needs is through affordable, readily available coal,” Buffier said at the workshop with the theme “building pathways for cleaner coal technologies”.

“According to the International Energy Agency, global electricity from coal is expected to grow by around 33% to 2040. Given this growth, it is essential that there is greater investment in cleaner coal technologies to widen their deployment – this includes high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal technologies and carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS).”

To this end, he cited the WCA’s recently launched global Platform for Accelerating Coal Efficiency (PACE) initiative, whose vision is for the most efficient power plant technology possible to be deployed when coal plants are built.

“PACE’s objective is to raise the global average efficiency of coal-fired power plants and so minimise carbon dioxide emissions, while maintaining legitimate economic development and poverty alleviation efforts,” Buffier said.

WCA’s use of the Anglo-Swiss multi-commodity trading and mining group to ram home coal’s clean credentials reflects Woodside CEO Peter Coleman’s warning at APPEA 2015 in Melbourne last month that Big Oil can’t just assume the right to be the sector to supply gas to the developing world, as coal, despite its back against the wall, was in for a fight.

The WCA used its London workshop to call on the world’s governments worldwide to recognise the “vital role” that cleaner coal technologies play in reducing global carbon dioxide emissions and to increase investment in all low emission technologies.

It cited the IEA’s 2014 World Energy Outlook whose forecasts showed that even under its New Policy Scenario (NPS), which assumes all government promises on funding of renewables and nuclear power stations are met, global electricity from coal is expected to grow by around 33% to 2040.

At the same time, renewables are projected to have grown massively by 175%, with renewables excluding hydro a staggering 517% (from a low base).

Meanwhile, WCA pointed out, the average efficiency of coal-fired power stations around the world today is 33% – well below the state-of-the-art rate of 45% and “off-the-shelf” rates of around 40%.

Moving the current average global efficiency rate of coal-fired power plants from 33% to 40% by deploying more advanced technology could cut carbon dioxide emissions every year by 2 gigatonnes, which is the equivalent of India’s annual emissions, running the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme for 53 years at its current rate, and running the Kyoto Protocol three times over.

The IEA’s 2014 World Energy Outlook analysed the level of policy support for renewables and estimated the total annual value of renewables subsidies in 2013 at $US121 billion ($A158.49 billion), increasing to $230 billion in 2030.

The 2012 World Energy Outlook estimated a cumulative subsidy for renewable technologies through to 2035 at $3,500 billion. By comparison, between 2007 and 2012 some $10.02 billion was spent on CCS projects, with US$7.7 billion of that amount privately financed, according to the IEA.

As a case in point to highlight WCA’s argument of the importance of clean coal technologies, Unit 3 at Boundary Dam is capable of capturing about 1 million tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent to taking 250,000 vehicles off the road every year.

Mike Monea, president of SaskPower’s CCS initiatives, told the WCA’s London workshop that a mix of sources was needed to meet the ever-growing demand for power, and in a way that balances affordability, reliability and sustainability. Carbon capture and storage is part of that mix. SaskPower is a pioneer in this technology, and we benefit from working with groups around the world to stay on top of new CCS developments.”

Speakers at the workshop also highlighted the role of HELE technologies, particularly as these technologies are available off-the shelf today. Hans-Wilhelm Schiffer, executive chair, World Energy Resources Programme of the World Energy Council and consultant and adviser to the executive board of RWE AG, stated: “There are very real opportunities for improved efficiencies at fossil-fuelled power plants, CCUS and the implementation of flexibility requirements for conventional power plants in order to integrate the increased feed-in of fluctuating renewable energy sources. The use of coal and the increased share of renewables is not a contradiction; electricity from coal can be key to balancing intermittent renewables”.

“The WCA recognises the vital role that all low emission technologies can play and has created a global Platform for Accelerating Coal Efficiency (PACE). PACE’s vision is for the most efficient power plant technology possible to be deployed when coal plants are built. PACE’s objective is to raise the global average efficiency of coal-fired power plants and so minimise carbon dioxide emissions, whilst maintaining legitimate economic development and poverty alleviation efforts,” said Buffier.

It's all over red rover.

Economic reality according to our current esteemed treasurer, of course. That is grab every dollar you can get and blame the other lot. I wonder when the "new fuel parity" Keating invented temporarily to "save the budget" will be corrected? Wil Joe ever pay back his wifey's $320 a day brothel payment ? Oh it is all so open and pure , to one eyed dopes. Who promised to shut it all down to get a free trade deal with NK ?

Shocker. I like your post.

Shitfire fock you

Concerned Senior u just lost your immunity through age go fock your self.

Shit fire13 eh, that's an unlucky number and methinks yours simply never came up so are a nasty bitter little socialist. Maybe you'd be better off in one of the "workers paradises" in the few remaining communist countries.

sry last post should have read $16 a week re minimum wage.

Rennie just read that the minimum wage is going up $16 an hour. In Victoria the cops going for a $4.30 something an hour for public holidays. Cop works 8 hours, take away meal break coffee breaks probably works 6.5 hours but gets an extra $36 for an eight hour shift. Worker works 40 hours and get an extra $16. Get real. That the gap between rich and poor right there.

Rennie if this was truly a democratic country one person one vote with workers totally out numbering the parasites that feed on them. Why is it that they aren't getting the best pay and conditions. U seriously want to hope they never realize the unions r a joke and fund work place associations to attack management owners and the government without political bias.

Eh Rennie read 600 call centre jobs from Telstra went O/seas to Mumbai/Philipines. Guess who benefitted from this. Not the workers. Yeah the rich c-nts in Aust who owned Telstra shares The share prices went up and also the annual dividends. Why don't you have a go at the Aussie rich who don't give a toss 600 workers lost their jobs so they can get better return on their dividends. You are a joke. BTW get the tax returns of all Australians to be posted as public info on the internet. Lets see how the workers realize the rich can only survive it they let them.

Eh Rennie read 600 call centre jobs from Telstra went O/seas to Mumbai/Philipines. Guess who benefitted from this. Not the workers. Yeah the rich c-nts in Aust who owned Telstra shares The share prices went up and also the annual dividends. Why don't you have a go at the Aussie rich who don't give a toss 600 workers lost their jobs so they can get better return on their dividends. You are a joke. BTW get the tax returns of all Australians to be posted as public info on the internet. Lets see how the workers realize the rich can only survive it they let them.