A note to our regional unemployed
Posted 28 February 2011on:
As with budgets the figures given in many reports produced by experts pushing their own barrow are designed more to confuse than inform. Take the National Broadband Network for example. Depending on which media is the source of their information – newspaper, television or radio- little wonder voters are confused as to its cost: will it cost $35 or $44 billion or, will it cost less than the former but greater than the latter?
If evidence was ever needed to show the duplicity of barrow pushers, the Climate Change Institute’s report, Clean Energy Jobs in Regional Australia. Launched today by Tony Windsor MP, the report gilds the lily by saying that almost 34,000 jobs could be generated in regional Australia by 2030 if the Government introduced ‘strong and decisive pollution and climate change policies, including a price-tag on pollution.’
34,00 jobs sounds great (and that is the number that will be pushed continually in the media by the Institute and The Greens). But what can be extrapolated from this jobs figure is, that up to 2030, 1798 jobs will be created annually and shared by every State and Territory.
This is not something to crow about when Australia’s population will grow by multiple thousands between now and 2030. To extrapolate further, it means that, annually, every State and Territory will get 223 new jobs. Isn’t that wonderful.
I must say however, that because of the large concentration of mining and associated industries in regional Australia I find it strange that unions have jumped to support the Institute of Climate Change when the opinion of people in regional Australia seems set against the measures proposed by the Institute because, in their opinion, the extra expense caused by the Institute’s proposals will lead to job losses.
And so relentlessly the Green bandwagon moves on. But as opportunists short of political principle jump on the bandwagon, as sure as night follows day, their weight will help cause a breakdown leaving both Greens and the unprincipled stranded in the political desert. One can only hope that that no one throws them a political lifeline.
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