Issue 36, Page 12
Saving Australia's Youth and Environment
In mid September we celebrated SUICIDE WEEK. In Australia we have 45 suicides a day and, for every successful suicide, there are 23 who try and fail. We have the highest youth suicide rate in the world. WHY? It is because our young see no jobs, no money, no car, no future and no hope. What a disgrace in the richest per capita nation on earth? We can blame the ALP/Dem/Lib/Nat/Greens for the idiotic policies that denied Australia of industry but blaming won't fix it. How can we get our children up-to-speed and into the twenty first century in quick time?
Left to our politicians and educators we can expect our youth to learn the ancient arts of pottery and paver laying or the useless hospitality game. The hospitality gives the educators an excuse to be wined and dined cheaply on government subsidies. It should be learned on-the-job in real restaurants.
Information technology might be great in Silicon Valley but a dream for those who are not so brilliant that the US wants to poach them, and the software writers and call centres are in Asia. There will be no solution to the cycle of boredom, poverty, hopelessness and youth suicide until we challenge their minds, keep them busy and give them a sense of achievement
COST EFFECTIVE TRAINING
Any training program should produce better results than paved footpaths, landscaped gardens and fat bureaucrat supervisors. On-the-job training with real-life tasks is the most cost effective but it is hated by teachers because Them as can does. Them as can't teach". IDEAS UNLIMITED
Our inland rivers are dying as irrigators, towns and environmentalist fight over the precious drops of water. Eighty years ago Bradfield had a scheme to divert three coastal rivers (where the rainfall is 10 metres per year), through the Great Divide, and into the Murray/Darling or Lake Eyre. Cost is always the excuse to do nothing BUT if the cost is in the form of training, then we spend no more and end up with water for irrigation and towns from Central Queensland to Adelaide, and a vibrant inland river. WE CAN DO IT
Fifty years ago we were pushing tunnels like the one (at right) through the Snowy Mountains. We can do it again. What with? Let us use our unused and unwanted plant and equipment as training aids. Mechanics, fitters, turners, welders and electricians don't learn their trade fixing flash new gear. Let us clean out every city and shire council storage yard of unwanted equipment. Many truck yards, plant operators, and scrap metal dealers would donate to such a worthy cause. HOUSING
We could borrow the tents, blankets, cutlery, crockery and equipment from the armed forces. The equipment would not disappear. It would stilt be there if we went to war.
At strategic sites our youth could build towns for themselves where permanent accommodation
would be needed for pumping and hydro electricity maintenance staff. In so building they would learn to be con-cretors, carpenters, painters, plumbers, drainers, electricians, cooks, drivers, clerks etc.
Time expired explosives from the Army would be better used blowing holes through mountains and it would be good experience for army personnel and the potential miners we would be training. SURVEYING
What an opportunity to teach our youth laser levelling, sighting, measuring, mapping skills in real life. SOCIAL
Away from suburbia our youth would learn how to entertain themselves, fish, hunt, swim and hike. With classes in First Aid, Fire Fighting, Map Reading and Bush Survival our youth would not have time to be bored. SPORT
On their days off they would be able to enjoy archery, shooting, swimming, tennis, football and any sport that took their fancy. They would come back from training fitter and smarter. INCENTIVE
Those who don't like the idea of undergoing training while picking up welfare money should be reminded, we who work and pay taxes do not like giving people money for nothing. THE ALTERNATIVE
If we do nothing we just get more of the same - sick children - sick rivers - and a sick society and more youth suicide. THE LONG TERM FIX
As our industries have been destroyed the government has called for and more trained workers BUT for WHAT? Look in any shop. Find something MADE IN AUSTRALIA.
We need real industries. We can be one of the main suppliers for the world's wool and cotton. We must sell at least 60% of our minerals as finished products. We must see MADE IN AUSTRALIA on at least 60% of what we consume. That won't happen and children won't have jobs until we get rid of the ALP/Dem/Lib/Nat/Green traitors in Canberra. That is what the SAVE AUSTRALIA LLIANCE is all about. Get rid of them.
Economics commentator Terry McCrann observed in The Australian in 1996: "...for want of a better term, the 'jobless problem' actually directly hits a staggering 2.5 million Australians (official jobless - 800,000, hidden unemployment 1.2 million, 578,300 underemployed) - leading on to claims that the official jobless numbers are some sort of gigantic cover-up."
Best Australian Author Award 2005 "WHAT MAKES PEOPLE TICK" by Des Hunt
This is a great book for people who need to know more about interpersonal relationships, communication, leadership skills, or training the trainer. Up until now the best books on this subject would have been Galen (130-200 AD) and Dr Ainslie Mears.
Des Hunt encapsulates the wisdom of Galen with the simplicity of Australian common sense. It is light hearted reading and, if used properly, would save most shakey marriages, family disputes and partnership wrangles. At A$30 it is a bargain. It is available from: Mindbodyspirit Internet Bookshop, P.O. Box 326, BOWRAVILLE NSW 2449 Ph 02 6564 8824 Email email@example.com
Great News National Competition Policy
Politicians will now compete for their jobs. We have found that we can hire politicians in under contract. Asian firms will provide an endless supply of politicains for $40 per week each, with a meal allowance of 21 bowls of rice.
Our Australian politician vital skills will not be wasted. They will be given Jobstart cleaning up the thousands of tons of oranges dumped on the banks of the Murray after they let cheap oranges and juice concetrate in to flood the Australian domestic market putting our citrus fanners to the wall.
"Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy." W.G/P.
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