First, remember that a 14.2% vacancy rate is the same as an 85.8% occupancy rate. Most industries with that sort of capacity utilisation would be over the moon.
Others want to drive down wages (apparently so they can match those of the Chinese) in order to keep turning a profit.
Innovation is at the core of Australia's future prosperity, and Western Australia is as well placed as any part of Australia to capture its benefits.
It was probably easier for a Coalition Government to do it than a Labor Government, but even the latter would finally have had to say, 'Enough is enough'.
The gas production trend is likely to continue without hitting a geological 'peak', and along with this trend will come new marketing opportunities for America.
As the number of closures in the manufacturing and minerals-processing sector grows, it is worth reflecting on how and why the repeated warnings from these sectors about the debilitating impact of steadily higher energy costs were ignored.
Australia's respect for intellectual property has helped create a sophisticated economy with diverse hi-tech industries. Our biotechnology sector is perhaps the most compelling example.
Abbott believes it is all about individual firms, dud managers and greedy workers. Let them go broke and the economy magically creates new jobs.
But the biggest contradiction is in the government’s desire to end the ‘age of entitlement’ and its Northern Australia development policy.
The Federal Government said it is not considering raising the eligibility age for the aged pension, which means it's in the pipeline for 2015/16.
The International Energy Agency (IEA)-the 'global energy authority' - believes that this age of gas can be golden, and that unconventional gas can be produced in an environmentally acceptable way.
It is time for a national conversation about trade and free trade agreements and about the importance of re-focusing the debate in this country around what is fair trade and the importance of incorporating fair trade in future free trade agreements.