With the coronavirus impacting on factories in China, what a wake-up call this is to Australia. We have been asleep at the wheel.
While it would be costlier to make all the wonderful products Australia once produced, from clothing and food to larger manufacturing products including cars, we have allowed China to control so many production areas that now we are paying a much more serious price.
As China battens down in isolation mode for the next few months we in Australia can no longer expect the usual shipments of goods China produces. This really brings home how vulnerable we are to outside forces.
How much more resilient we would be if we were less reliant on importing everything from China.
Surely with imagination, courage and some visionary leaders in government we could develop our own industries again. Australia has so many natural resources that we send off shore.
Once we were an adventurous brave country with burgeoning industries and creative entrepreneurs. What has happened? We have lost our courage.
If government backed new enterprises and supported those entrepreneurs initially as they grew, and also began to financially support the discoveries our universities create through research and invest in them, we could become the 'lucky country' again.
Those research discoveries simply cannot find the financial support needed from government to allow them development in Australia.
We could do it. We need to find leaders who have the vision and courage to make it happen again!
Sadly this seems unlikely with our present leaders who are more intent on staying in power than actually offering us a vision for the future.
Annie Young, Junortoun
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