Creating real jobs is a solution

It concerns me that disempowered people are starting to put their faith in the extreme right in Australia also, which will only make their lives worse. I don’t think that the fault lies with globalisation or trade. Trade can bring enormous economic benefits. However, at the moment, those benefits are coming at the expense of people and communities who are displaced – it’s the callous disregard for those people and their lives and aspirations that is creating the backlash. It should not be beyond the wit and creativity of our leaders to find alternative real jobs for people displaced by globalisation. What seems to be stopping them is an almost Darwinian view that the free market is sacrosanct and that it is applying some process of natural selection by creating winners and losers. Thatcher and Reagan still have much to answer for.  – Tony Judge, CLA member, Belconnen ACT

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