The Australian Government says that it will work with groups such as the Group of Twenty (G20) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to dissuade nations from pursuing protectionist policies. Asia is driving a global shift in demand for consumer goods, housing, and food among other things (White paper 2013).
The government White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century demonstrates that if Australia is to benefit from the rise in the Asian markets then it must embrace international trade and capitalist growth or face economic downturn and loss of jobs. The White Paper states that a restriction on trade, including the exploitation of Australia’s resources, such as water and soil, is necessary for Australia to survive in a global society, but at what expense? These are questions we need to ask ourselves. Do we need to exploit every river to facilitate renewable energy? Does this mean damming every river for hydroelectric electricity, (which is cause for protest around the world at this present time) for an insatiable market? Does this mean we sacrifice our environment, freedom and way of life for this global market? Do we need so much money? And why can’t we look after our own, sustain-ably? Must we contaminate our soils and rivers with the impurities of greed? It appears that our governments are happy to sacrifice our resources for the sake of economic growth. Who’s economic growth?
Is “Australia in the Asian Century White Paper” describing a hand over of our country to an insatiable consumer market?
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Retrieved 19th of June 2013. Australian Government.
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