The Beagle Editor,
We should be grateful that China has alerted us to how we have willingly exposed ourselves to the predicament of not being self-sufficient particularly in recycling and in general waste disposal on this occasion thankfully, hopefully, before it's too late.
The strategic implications of our reliance on overseas suppliers of services and products should be ringing bells loudly and clearly in Canberra.
A metaphorical stroke of the pen in China has caused this alarm to be sounded but what would happen if someone "over there" said they no longer wanted to buy such large amounts of our commodities or no longer wanted to sell us motor vehicles or tractors or aircraft or the tyres or the fuel they run on?
With all the leaders running around criticising each other, hopefully some will be motivated to show some real leadership and create some jobs and growth in areas to ensure we are capable of on-going self-sufficiency.
Jeff de Jager