Shouldn’t be shy

Former Australian Prime Minsiter John Howard was one the speakers at the Property Councils of New Zealand’s annual conference in Queenstown.

One of his messages to delegates was:

On natural resources, Mr Howard said he had a “fairly simple view”.   

      “If you were blessed … with large resources, you shouldn’t be shy about exporting them and you shouldn’t be shy about  finding customers.”

It’s a pity that too many people who are happy to take all the benefits of living in a first world economy don’t understand this and are proposing policies which would take us back to a second or even third world economy.

We need to buy goods and services from other countries and the only sustainable way to pay for them is by earning money from selling our goods and services to other countries.

This is no time to be shy about sharing our wares with the world.

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