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Globalisation: gains and losses : Comments

By Saul Eslake, published 29/8/2003

Saul Eslake examines the effects of globalisation

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Although I have a mature age Post Grad in History, Politics and Macro-Economics, most of my concern has been with international relations, having obtained my degree during the Cold War, with a thesis on Sri-Lankan non-alignment.

But what I am now asking as a director of a large family farm, if the price of wheat keeps falling the way it has, and with wool the way it is, and with our markets bombarded with free-market produce, a cargo of Brazilian infected meat having had to be recently dumped, what is our future going to be?

My wife and I will be probably be dead and gone, but what about our grandkids, who wanted to stay on the farm?

Having been brought up in the Depression when Australian grain farmers were successful in gaining a guaranteed price and stabilisation, it seems the only way for Australian farmers to succeed these days is not to rely on corporatised economic rationalism, as you seem to go for, but return again to agrarian socialism, whether it be left or right, but be determined to fight against any party, including our so-called National Party, whom us older farmers believe, right now, seem to be all Johnny Howard's yes-men.

What we are asking you sir, as an adviser in such matters, what in blazes is going to be done about America and Europe
stealing our markets and if not, does our so-called wealthy government intend to grant similar protection to our wheat farmers?

George C, WA - Bushbred
Posted by bushbred, Tuesday, 27 September 2005 1:33:37 AM
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