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  • Writer's pictureSam Wilks

20 Ways to F-Up an Economy No.7 Locals need not apply

20 ways how to F—k up an economy!

By our Local NT Government. (witnessed and written about by me, a lowly peasant, oops I mean citizen, but I don't want to steal their limelight, they did all the work... proudly.)

Don’t get me wrong, continuously I’ve discussed economic factors and events with several sitting and aspiring politicians and pundits from both sides of the isle.

To say Holes and Homes is their main concern would be an understatement, but forgiving the lack of economic and financial intelligence by both the local bureaucracy and the ignorant presented for us to vote for, what we have seen is that they can’t even get the Mining and Housing sector right, so we didn’t stand much of a chance for anything else.

For those blaming either side for the problems, I say, they have both been as bad as each other, but given that we currently have a government with a massive, albeit, unstoppable majority of 18 members and an opposition of 2, this current government could really make some changes to fix things, but lets reflect first on both sides F-ups.

I’m releasing one of these at a time, then I’ll provide 20 ways they might make some positive changes, so in the new year we might be able to re-invigorate our currently sitting government to get back to work and maybe represent the people again, as most who know me can attest, I have a critical mind, with a positive outlook.

Number 7 Locals Need Not apply.

Hiring southern Consultants and failed bureaucrats or as I Like the term, “Hiring Pigeons!” Cos they fly in, shit everywhere and fly off again.

I don’t understand what the benefits are for hiring persons who clearly don’t have the cultural or social intelligence of a community, and then placing them in a position of authority. Not only has this consistently ended badly, but it makes no economic sense.

I’ve given this years and years of thought. Maybe its engrained in a “Christian ideology” from the missionaries? Maybe it’s a psychological disorder based on a self-loathing and fear? Maybe it’s corrupt nepotism in party politics? Maybe it’s because the local consultants don’t tell them what they want to hear?

Or maybe in part from all of the above.

This consistent policy and action has led to a loss of Billions of Dollars in the Northern Territory. A loss not just in fee’s, terrible negotiations, infrastructure redesigns, environmental disasters both residential and economical, but, most recently in the loss of thousands of families from our community.

We have Territorian born and bred leaders of industry, in chemical production, gas production, opal mining, uranium mining, architecture, the arts and more. One of the most consistent questions I ask them is why did you leave?

The answer generally gets to "Cos they hired a someone from south to take my opportunity, so I said, two can play at that game and left. One of the most powerful men in the world advising the president of the United states is Darwin Born Andrew Liveris. We can only hope his love of the Territory and his local family brings him back.🤞

Yet how often do we see major consultancy projects go south or overseas. On the odd occasion we get a temporary relocation before they fly back south. This just promotes economic pandemonium, it also disenchants and disenfranchises the local community.

I’m not protectionist, I believe in progressive idea’s and a fundamental part of creating them is having dissenters, discussion and debate. Some of that dissent must come from outside voices. But, through continuous cowardice, consecutive departments and government representatives have failed to publicly discuss or debate their agendas for fear of losing their jobs.

Importing in many cases failed bureaucrats from southern states, and hiring consultants, to twist common sense, give us BS answers, one liners, and spin, to justify your agenda is a formula for F-Up, and our local representatives seem to like being on the bottom.

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