Saturday, April 14, 2012

Open ‘Mining Boom’ Conspiracy Against The Australian People: WA Chamber Of Commerce Seeks 500,000 Workers: Time For Counter-Action

Dr. Jim Saleam and Brendan Gidley

It is no secret that the WA Chamber of Commerce has been on the increase-the-population mantra for a long time. On April 11, a spokesman revived the old tale that 500,000 additional workers (and their families) should enter the State over the next two decades.

That would double the State’s population.

At one point, Paul Howes of the Australian Workers’ Union, seriously suggested a new city in the Kimberleys. Almost certainly, he had his eye on the burgeoning population of East Timor. Is the border to be cracked open one day with hordes descending on ‘Howesville’ and crossing freely between Timor and Australia?

The Committee For The Economic Development Of Australia (CEDA), the powerful linking-body of Australia’s corporate elite and the politicians, said recently:

“With over $210 billion in business investment slated for Western Australian projects, the forecasts are for this economic growth to continue. Much of this economic prosperity is being driven by business investment in the regions of WA. The State’s excellent economic prospects have induced record levels of people to migrate to WA and resulted in one of its fastest periods of population growth in recent decades.”

Despite the population growth, the corporate elites suggest that WA is likely to experience highly constrained labour markets in the near future. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia has forecast that WA’s economy has the potential to produce almost 500,000 new jobs by 2020 and, despite the high level of population growth (immigration based!), there is likely to be a shortfall of 210,000 workers.

Western Australia has a unique settlement pattern in that the vast majority of the population is centred in Perth Indeed, Perth now houses 74 per cent of the State’s population, a figure that has grown from around 36 per cent of the State’s total population at the turn of last century. The concentration of the population in Perth is placing significant pressures on existing infrastructure while also causing making it difficult for regional economies to grow. And Perth is cracking.

CEDA said and Australia First notes:

“The sustainability of population growth was a key issue of the 2010 Federal Election for both major parties. Unless the State Government can encourage greater distribution in the population it may face growing community disquiet about high levels of migration.”

Indeed, the problem may get worse for Aussie workers. The government cannot manage this ‘redistribution’ and alien ghettos and intrusions are everywhere. The collapse of unionised labour places these aliens in the forefront of employment. Tensions run high in Perth suburbs. Australian workers are beginning to grumble.

The South China News reported last year:

“The Australian government has come up with a novel way to meet its growing shortage of skilled workers – train tens of thousands of Indian students. It is understood that talks between the Australian and Indian governments are well advanced.”

The Australian Financial Review (AFR) said in 2011 that Australian and Indian officials have begun talks with tertiary institutions and resources companies in both nations about opening up Australia’s training system.

“This could involve educating as many as 100,000 Indians, mostly in Indian universities by Australian trainers, with up to 30,000 then recruited to work in Australia,” the AFR said

The Federal government has also indicated that it wants to open an Australian Mining University in India, with campuses in several cities.

The displacement of Australians by aliens is now accepted state-policy and is justified by the model of perpetual boom. Of course, eventually, the resources run out.

But there is no thought of finite resources. Australian industry has claimed it faces a massive skills shortage as the country’s mining boom expands, driven by strong Asian, and particularly Chinese, A report by Skills Australia, which advises the government on workforce requirements, last week estimated the country will need 2.4 million more skilled workers within four years, many of them in the mining sector. It is here that the open conspiracy to destroy the Australian identity and sovereignty is nakedly open. Money men say what they mean.

“The solution to Australia’s labor problems lies overseas,” Christopher Joye, chief executive of Rismark International, a financial advice company, says.

“We’re an immigrant nation. A quarter of all Australians were born overseas. Forty percent of us have a parent born overseas. Given that we are such a high-growth country with very high potential we should continue to import the labour we require to support the economy,” Joye said.

The head of the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce (WACC), James Pearson, says the State needs an extra 500,000 workers over the next 10 years just to keep pace with demand.

He said that there was a time early last century when it was often said Australia rode on a sheep’s back. Today, it rides on a massive dump truck. Of course, he means those who own the corporations depend on mining for their super-profits.

As the economy of the Chinese superpower expands so too does its appetite for resources much the same way Japan grew in the 1960s. Japan also looked south for its supplies of iron ore and coking coal. Today, the Chinese imperialists are straddling the globe.

Economists have argued that unless the Australian government increases its skilled workforce to meet the overseas demand for resources, importing countries may start to look elsewhere. Who cares? Are we in a race to sell off what we have for future generations? Obviously so!

The government engendered “shortage of skills” is also having an impact on the domestic labour market as well.

Deloitte Access Economics, an advisory group, estimates the value of Australian investment projects either under way or in planning has reached A$777 billion ($838 billion).

The biggest single resource project is the A$43 billion Chevron-operated Gorgon liquefied natural gas project.

BHP, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group, Australia’s top three iron ore exporters, are also spending tens of billions of dollars developing their mine, rail and port operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, while at least A$50 billion has been earmarked for LNG projects in Queensland.

The government of Western Australia said recently the State could face a shortage of 150,000 skilled workers by 2017, while the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia has warned that an additional 34,000 workers are needed in the next 20 months for iron ore and LNG projects in the Pilbara region. We know exactly what it wants.

Here lies opportunity – to link the political struggle against the population push with the needs of Australian workers.

Australia First rejects the false boom driven by the multinationals and the Chinese and other imperialists. Australian resources belong to the whole Australian people – for the future of our land and people. Reducing Australia to a mining hole in 50 years to serve the global economy is insanity.

Australia First in Western Australia will look to developing its organization to serve our people in a great struggle to save our national wealth and to preserve the sustainability of our land by the restriction of population growth. These related issues flow into the greatest fight Australia will ever face – the fight for Australian independence.

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