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Chinaís strategic land acquisition right on our border : Comments

By Jeffrey Wall, published 1/10/2021

The Kikori-Ihu special economic zone would be ideally suited to a major industry, like a smelter, if it could also access affordable and unlimited power. Purari certain offers that.

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A viable hydro scheme that we invest in that delivers green energy to the Torres and Northern Q'ld, makes sense! And while we have some expertise, NZ probably has more! And should be asked to assist. And if the project would also power the whole of PNG? It should cement our influence there for some time? Always providing local corruption doesn't get its grubby paws over the income stream?

As for Chinee money? Grants are probably ok? But not loans that put economic sovereignty at risk? The prime reason for the loans!? And should be greeted with thanks, but no thank you! Gas pipeline? Yes, we should invest in that and a pipeline that delivers some of that gas to N Q'ld!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Friday, 1 October 2021 10:24:34 AM
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Cheap, reliable power, sold to Northern Queensland would make an aluminium smelter up there, extremely viable. Ditto a nickel refinery and a lithium battery factory, gas processing etc-etc!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Friday, 1 October 2021 10:59:27 AM
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Repeat:

Why does this author not see the log in his own eye.

Australia has long ago, become dependent on the Chinese for its good fortune.
Blissful in its ignorance and less than forthright or even devoid of forethought of the consequences attached to Chinese acquisitions of everything not nailed down.

The privatised economy. Everything is for sale and speculation is God. Itís the Australian way.
So preaching to those on the periphery of the good times such as PNG, is rank hypocrisy isnít it?

Following very closely after the above obvious, is the art ( or the lie, whichever way you view it), of dividing the Chinese into two groups for the purposes of perpetuating the good times at any expense, (to others preferably), dividing Chinese into the naughty communists, and the beautiful Capitalists.

If all that has the ring of cynicism to it, I confess it does.

Monkey see, monkey do.

Dan.
Posted by diver dan, Saturday, 2 October 2021 6:41:19 AM
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Agree, Dan, but what can we do except make the best of a bad bargain without selling any more of our real estate or economic sovereignty to anyone!

And while this is so, do what we need to grow the economy, our swarm, military capability, not the population, as big as it can be! And doable with the right policies and LEADERSHIP!

And dependant on the three following components. #1/ nuclear power and arms.

#2/ proper tax reform, manifesting as an unavoidable flat tax of 15% above a very generous, tax-free threshold.

#3/ installing and preferencing cooperative capitalism as if our lives, freedoms and best possible economic future depends on it, cause in all three cases, that is so!!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Saturday, 2 October 2021 12:00:15 PM
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What can we do? Asks AB.

Before your dreams can even form a base line of expectation, dealing with the land developers who have wrested control of the helm of this calamity called Australia, is the essential first ingredient of transforming it from a Pirate ship and into a ship of State as an imperative.

This author throws his pleading for honesty to the cold north wind of Australiaís political reality: One where as an example, the land developers mole from Macquarie Street, our Gladys, blames ICAC for her demise, with what could only be described as a tantrumonious resignation with no hint of acknowledgment or remorse for her own actions which prompted the ICAC inquiry.

The puppet Morrison, who should be leading by example of Statesmanship, in the course of a week, has alienated the French with a move of undiplomatic bastardry unparalleled, and fallen over in praises for the disgraced Premier of NSW.

And now, back to the patrons seats in the audience, inclusive of our less well off neighbours in PNG, why would they be blamed for following big brother by example, and sell off their birthright to the gleeful Chinese; as they do in Australia.

Seriously, our politicians are a collective bunch of unreliable no-hopers.

Dan
Posted by diver dan, Saturday, 2 October 2021 1:10:24 PM
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Australia has long ago, become dependent on the Chinese for its good fortune.
diver dan,
Perhaps if you re-worded Australia with 'many greedy Australians' you'd be correct !
If we didn't have a Mandarin-speaking PM some years ago we most likely wouldn't be in this predicament now. The seed for this greed was planted by the Govt of the early- mid 70's.
Posted by individual, Sunday, 3 October 2021 9:15:08 AM
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