Allan Takes Aim Blog

Canberra:a new Hamelin

Posted on: 29 June 2009


New industry, or lack of,  is the key to the kind of society Canberra will become in the future. Will it be a productive society with industries adding to the National Capital and Australia’s economic health, a society full of hope and promise, a society in which culture thrives, or will it be a city of old people, like the rat free city of Hamelin in the aftermath of the Pied Piper?

Whether or not the story of what happened to the German town of Hamelin in the thirteenth century is true, some people think, metaphorically speaking, that Canberra is becoming Australia’s Hamelin, a city filled with only the old and disabled. This is because many of its young people are being forced to seek jobs elsewhere due to a diminishing lack of jobs for them in Canberra .

Hamelin became a city of the old due to its Burghers. In Canberra some seven centuries later, some Liberal, Labor and Green politicians, plus many self indulgent Canberrans have copied the Burghers of Hamelin. Politician after politician promised to cure Canberra’s unemployment problem but neither politicians nor the self –indulgent, have delivered. In any case, politicians no matter what they claim don’t, and cannot, create jobs. What they can do however, is create an environment that allows jobs to be created.

As for Canberra’s self indulgent, along with politicians, they have much to answer for. By their self – indulgence they disadvantage Canberra’s young people little realising that, in doing so they could be laying up a store of animosity in the community that ultimately could explode into violence.

Some people might think I draw a very long bow with my suggestion that, failing to provide future generations with the opportunity of finding a job in the society where they live, unwittingly create violence or situations in which violence becomes endemic.

I have a strong belief that employment is one of life’s great motivating forces for good and lack of employment a great motivating force for bad. And history also shows, at least in the Western World, that lack of employment has been, and still is, a major factor in past revolutions as well as the many revolutions in progress around the world.

Not that I advocate revolution. No, all I ask is that politicians stop bragging, belittling, boasting and bleating and along with the greedy acquire commonsense, so that development which will give Canberra’s youth a job and a future, can go ahead.

Without this approach, Canberra, in time, could become Hamelin revisited.

For more local community news get “The Chronicle” Canberra – Published Tuesdays.

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