I recently overheard someone saying that Australia was slowly becoming a “world ranking risk minimising & rule making nation”! That hurt quite a bit, probably because it’s too scarily close to the truth! The amount of rules & regulations we all now have to contend with has succeeded into making our great country into one vast bureaucratic minefield. This is having the effect of making too many of our otherwise ambitious business people see the stress of red tape, form filling, staff entitlements & employment law & workplace compliance just too formidable to bother with any longer. Consequently, our entrepreneurial spirit is slowly being blunted, forced to always think twice, aware that the eyes of fear too often see danger everywhere.
Trouble is, without this fostering of our historically famous Australian entrepreneurial spirit, along with the wealth, growth, prosperity & jobs that spirit undoubtedly creates, our nation will continue to live well beyond its means, slowly sliding towards the precipice of bankruptcy now starkly evident in countries such as Greece.
How did Greece go bankrupt?....gradually…… then suddenly! Shrinking to greatness has never been known to work throughout the whole of human history after all.
And Greece is the depleted future…..unless we take action now…..in fact many Western countries [Spain, France, UK, Italy, Ireland, Portugal to name just a few] are themselves slowly sliding towards a Greek scenario gradually……then maybe suddenly! Like Australia, these countries are living beyond their means, spending more than they are earning &, as with the miracle of compound interest, it can only really ever end in tears.
And Australia isn’t really that far behind them, in fact getting eerily closer to the tune of $100 Million daily.
That’s 50 luxury Gold Coast mansions …..straight down the Australian economic toilet….every day! Not much “sustainable” about that.
We were warned one hundred or more years ago against handing the running of our country into just the hands of lawyers & bankers. And maybe we should now add health & safety officers into that mix; too many of all three overly complicating, manipulating, speculating & monitoring just about everything we do, even though some of them may mean well. But all three have a habit of trying to make our country into their version of a dull catalogue of common things, wasting the labours of so many otherwise productive people, all under the pretense of taking care or protecting us! We are now becoming a nation too suspicious of itself, fearful of upsetting someone in authority, slowly becoming more afraid to be courageous in purely entrepreneurial terms. And courage isn’t just anything, it is everything, for without it everything else fails!
Any cat that ever sat on a hot stove, never did it again, but it never sat on a cold stove either! I fear that is how our country is slowly becoming, as we continue to fail to pay our way, whilst quite obviously lacking the spirit to fix this major problem.
We need a feisty resurgence of that once famously Australian entrepreneurial spirit, a reawakening of our love of rule breaking & risk taking, as it famously was in days gone by. That was before political correctness, before overbearing bureaucracy & crushing government compliance blunted our spirits, drained our vigor, wasted our scarce human resources. That was before armies of bureaucrats prowled around looking for hapless victims, before politicians bribed voters with promises that relied upon huge borrowed funds, before we were urged to spy on each other, before we were urged to blame someone else for our failings, before we were dispiritingly referred to as just “consumers”.
A consumer is the opposite of a producer…. plenty of rules & few risks though…….but surely no way for courageous Australians to live! So……Advance Australia…….But Where?