In March of 1975, the United Nations countries signed the Lima Declaration, which ultimately resulted in the end of Australian sovereignty. In the last 40 years, as a result of signing this Declaration, Australia has supported and allowed the vanishing of our iconic car manufacturing industries, steel industry, oil and fuel industries. These industries have been adversely affected as we unnecessarily purchase oil and other previously homegrown essentials from overseas, and the agricultural industry here has been purposely decimated. Textiles were moved offshore to provide jobs in sweat shops for exploited workers, destroying Australia's self-reliance, key skill sets and employment opportunities.
The Lima Declaration opened the door to the integration of 1st and 3rd world countries, blurring the line between them and, in essence, creating a global plantation for exploitation. This has had a drastic effect on the deterioration of some of our nation's most essential industries.
At the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation's (UNIDO) second general conference in March 1975, representatives from around the world gathered in Lima, Peru, to explore the idea that the dire circumstances of the third world were caused by the policies of industrialised nations, including Australia.
Their conclusion: Transfer resources from advanced nations to the third world countries. The goal was to accelerate the industrialisation of 3rd world countries by transferring resources from advanced nations to the 3rd world and providing markets for their exports. This was done by buying products that were once produced locally from the 3rd world instead.
The Lima Declaration has caused disastrous effects on Australian industry, especially in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors. Free Trade is not free at all - under the pretext of advancing and becoming more open, Free Trade has caused a loss of national sovereignty, thus creating a newly formed global society.
Farming in Australia
Farming has been a key part of Australia's food production, but the Lima Agreement has seen local producers forced to compete with the prices of imports, leading to their land and resources diminishing. Unfortunately, these imports from the third world are often of low quality, resulting in the current agricultural crisis in Australia – a situation which does not reflect fair trade. Read this article titled "The Australian government doesn’t care about our farmers" for a detailed exploration into what is happening in the farming sector.
Manufacturing and Labour
The Lima Declaration enabled companies to take advantage of lower wages, minimal environmental regulations and globalisation, leading to numerous manufacturers downsizing or moving operations overseas. This had a devastating effect on many regions, such as Mt Gambier, Elizabeth and Port Augusta in South Australia, where employment and infrastructure faced unprecedented trouble. The closure of the Holden Elizabeth Plant and coal plants at Hazelwood and Port Augusta further exacerbated the issue, resulting in economic ruin and power shortages.
In regard to the Mt Gambier closure of the clothing brand, Fletcher Jones, in 2004, the company's financial controller had this to say:
"Mr Swann said that in the 1970s the company employed about 1800 people making clothes in three factories - Mt Gambier, Warrnambool, and the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick - but the reduction of tariffs on imports had caused regular job losses. "It's become more and more difficult to maintain Australian-made product over the last 30 years," he said.
"With the removal of quotas and tariffs, imported garments have become cheaper and cheaper.
"At the same time, with superannuation and payroll tax and everything else, the cost of doing business has increased."https://www.smh.com.au/national/fletcher-jones-to-close-local-factories-and-turn-to-imports-20040820-gdjl2t.html
The above are just a few examples of the devastating and enduring effects of the Lima Declaration. Read also about the foreign takeover of Australian gas and electricity here.
Free Trade in the 21st Century
A shift in culture away from materialism has led to the repackaging of the Lima Declaration into a new endeavour focused on collective responsibility for the crime of climate change. Representatives from around the world meet in secret and then declare they have reached an agreement, with one such agreement being the promise of the developed world will pay the poor nations $100 billion a year. This has caused some to question why the West, which is known for its success and industriousness, is being punished. Yearly payments to the developing world, combined with decreased border restrictions and the free flow of capital out of the West, has raised questions about where the money is actually going.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry posted an article on International Trade. They state, inter alia, that under their policy principles, they need to "Align to World Trade Organization rules and processes" and "Align with international treaties Australia has signed such as the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (revised Kyoto Convention)." The Kyoto Convention sets binding emission reduction targets particularly on developed countries, based on the alleged human-caused climate change agenda.
Referring to the Kyoto Convention:
"The idea is that, as they are the source of most past and current greenhouse gas emissions, industrialized countries are expected to do the most to cut emissions on home ground."
"Industrialized nations agree under the Convention to support climate change activities in developing countries by providing financial support for action on climate change-- above and beyond any financial assistance they already provide to these countries."
The United Nations has driven the signing of hundreds of international treaties on our behalf, none of which Australians had the chance to approve through a referendum, and therefore have no say in how we are governed or how we conduct our national affairs.
The recent Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement was ratified by Australia and came into effect here on 30 December 2018. This agreement allows foreign corporations to utilise investor-state dispute settlements. If a government passes a law that prevents one of these companies from making a profit, they may be sued. All this started with the Lima Declaration in 1975!
We should be alarmed by the consequences of the Lima Declaration and all agreements that follow it. These agreements have increasingly become a death-warrant, compliments of the United Nations, to advanced nations around this world.
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