It is always a sign of bad government when a country starts on a downhill slide, just as it is a sign of bad management when a company fails or has bad worker relations. Wars and worker strikes/lock outs begin because of the inability of those in power to successfully negotiate.
Clearly our PM, The Abbott, was not prepared to negotiate and thousands will be added to the unemployment lines with the closure of of GM car manufacturing in Australia, as was the announced closure of the Ford plant under the previous Labor Government.
I think our car manufacturing is reasonably efficient. I don't think that the workers were overpaid and that high wages to assembly line workers led to the closure. Car manufacturing is very automated now with little hands on to be done.
Third world countries avoid high tech assembly lines and mechanisation that will do away with many jobs. They know they have to keep workers in jobs.
Not so in Australia. I don't know if that is right or wrong, but I think what is the best for the country is a good idea, with qualifications.
I'm trying to find someone to blame. I dislike people who are so sure they are correct about a matter that many argue about. It is shows extreme arrogance. Former Prime Minister Keating has been on the tv of late and his pure certainty about himself and his actions when he was PM and earlier the Treasurer was disturbing.
The principal reason car manufacturing is closing in Australia is that we are a small domestic market, we don't do it well enough to export much and the high Australian dollar.
Who is responsible for the high dollar? Many are but why can the Australian dollar be manipulated by overseas money markets? You whistle and I will point, one Paul Keating who floated the Australian dollar and let go of government control of the dollar so that the government can set its world value to our Australia's benefit.