Next album cover. @nekocase
Good bakery when it uses Drive props
I won’t shy away from this - I am an amateur punter with an interest in history, politics, economics, music, sport, etc. My undergraduate qualifications are not in these fields but mind you, neither are the tertiary qualifications of many commentators in these fields.
The field I am in qualified and practice in does create exposure to a wide range of sectors of the Australian economy, and hence an opportunity to observe the fluctuations in how our society works at the “coalface” (pun sort of intended).
I would like to think there’s some distinction between these observations and my reading of various articles, and that of the new political posturing of "feelpinions" as Katharine Murphy so well described.
The rise of the “feelpinion” probably has a lot to do with the rapid access to social media and self-publishing tools. That’s fine, but this is an easy excuse for the regressive elements in political and media circles who decry “the Twitterati” and lump every dissenter in a convenient grab bag known as “the Left”. Where it has caught out traditional communicators is their sluggish response to the realisation that observation and analytical skills are widespread, and are being empowered with social media.
This leads to observations on where Australia’s relationship with work and heavy industry is heading in light of recent announcements by the automotive industry, and the oft-forgotten mothballing of major facilities in the resources sector (Gove aluminium and Townsville copper refineries, etc).
The resources “boom” in Australia from 2003-2012 should be seen as a capital investment (or expenditure CAPEX) boom. It certainly created a lot of opportunities for skilled and qualified professionals in the evaluation, approval, design and construction phase, but this did not suit the political and commentariat narrative for either side of politics. An excellent recent summation of this by Greg Jericho is here.
The narrative implied that the entire country would be swept up in a transformative event, swelling our pockets and creating endless job opportunities. In reality, the nation’s coffers swelled (albeit haphazardly in my opinion with the lost opportunity of the MRRT) but the CAPEX, particularly foreign CAPEX exposed the realities of an open economy.
The massive investment by mostly east Asian companies and sovereign institutions came with strings attached. Significant amounts of the ‘design and construct’ components of the LNG (WA, QLD) and iron ore (WA) projects were undertaken offshore, especially in the CAPEX investor country. Wage costs were often cited by the project stakeholders, leading to some resentment amongst Australian companies who were under the impression that their products and expertise would be used.
Much has been written about the machinations and effects of a floating currency in Australia, especially in light of the 30th anniversary of the floating of the dollar by the Hawke government. Clearly this creates winners and losers when it moves due to national and international economic circumstances. That there are groups impacted both ways by currency movements was never fully addressed by political leaders in Australia. Because tackling this reality would expose the raw nerve of expectation and entitlement that exists at all levels in Australian society, as so well describe by Laura Tingle.
This leads to recent announcements by Ford, Holden and Toyota to exit Australian automotive manufacturing by 2017, and the recent speeches by Joe Hockey on the “age of entitlement”.
This sense of entitlement seems to be associated with the traditional “small ‘l’ liberal” philosophy of personal responsibility; a common undertone in the post-Cold War era.
However, I consider that we should be discussing our entitlement to understand what the vision is of Australia, i.e. to be part of the narrative. There is an entitlement inherent in understanding the social adjustment and upheaval with the automotive industry described by Andrew Porter.
There is a justifiable entitlement that political and social leaders can communicate the Australian experience of "Dutch disease", and where this places the country.
Governments were complicit in the development of near-single industry dependent communities such as Geelong, Nhulunbuy, Newcastle and Whyalla. As such, we are entitled to have (elected) political and social leadership that can outline their narrative for a country now open to economic fluctuations beyond the 3-year electoral cycle. Because the restructuring of these and associated communities will extend far beyond 2017.
Rory boy just wants to walk.
"You must have a Master Services Agreement."
“Sure, you have some great services.”
“That sounds like a good approach. I’ll raise it internally and get back to you.”
These statements are initially positive, but they’re more passive-agressive in reality.
Starting to seriously question how much longer I can keep pushing this wheelbarrow of shit uphill.
I was meant to post in December. The last 6 months have been unbelievably frustrating.
I am now in the process, now that we’ve lost most of our management and “overhead”, of trying to get the business back on to what I believe we do well.
The task is overwhelming and I fear that entrenched habits will be my ultimate nemesis. The aim of building a specialist business group within the greater group has now dissipated. It’s now down to getting whatever we can.
I give myself 2-3 more months.
Waiting for Weezer. Myer Music Bowl. #nightout #bluealbum #GenX
Happy with Mum.
Rory, 6 months.
Dad-bed, version 2012. (Taken with Instagram)