• Sam Wilks

20 ways how to F—k up an economy! No. 9 - Environmental negligence

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 9 - Environment negligence

This is a direct and indirect way that Governments hurt their citizens. All construction at One time or other entails risk. Some of these risks are obvious, like an obstruction, some are hidden from the naked eye. Science, research and evidence, notifies us which risks are possible or probable. It is always about mitigating risk.

The Australian government under legislation and acts both federally and locally must meet the “duty of care” requirements as stipulated in law and under natural justice.

We all wake up with the knowledge that the world is not fair, there is no such thing as equality, no matter how we spin it, only privilege, some worked for, some cultural and some bestowed.

The privilege we bestow on our government and bureaucracy is based on the cultural belief that they will act in the greater good.

Whether it’s the terrible handling of the Asbestos debacle, PFA’s or the future and present litigation risk from consistent failures to meet work place occupational standards and public health risks, a lack of safety planning both in the past and presently, exacerbates risk.

Just as compound interest is seldom understood, but perpetuates the ever-increasing value of money overtime, so does compound negligence. Many people are apathetic to the lack of empathy and compassion shown by Government representatives when dealing with public endangerment and injury claims. It is only natural to ignore it until it affects oneself, but negligence has still not been attended to, so eventually the compound effect will either affect you or your children.

Holding a government to account is more than voting every four years, it is a constant struggle by many, generally the most vulnerable in our society.

This is an area, that as a world leader in environmental science, technology and cultural diversity, that Australia should have under control. It is a simple case of observation, reporting and maintenance. I am reminded of a JFK quote similar to “What problems man creates, man is capable of solving.”

In a time where regulations and protections are under attack from both commercial, international and multi-national interests, it is important to remember that money is only currency and our greatest assets and value lie in our people. At risk is the life blood of our civilization, water.

I fear the complacency of our elected representatives will only be remedied by personal experience. But like most compassionate people I hope their loved ones are not so endangered.

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