Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, Sydney, Week 6 – An industry on the rocks

Wesley Goh

It is hard to believe that I am now more than halfway through with my internship at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. It feels just like yesterday when I stepped off the plane into a whole new world, exploring a foreign city. There is still so much to see, do and explore here in Sydney.

This week, I got to work on yet another Op Ed about an impending threat that looms over West Australia’s fishing industry. The McGowan government is threatening to bring the entire West Australian fishing industry to its heels through a proposed law that will extort over 17% of the fish stock to be kept for local markets.

The thriving profitability of the fishing industry has been kept afloat via the surging demands for lobsters coming from Asia, while local demand has remained anaemic. The government claims that this will create new jobs for West Australians but its real motive is a cash grab for revenue to fix the State’s mammoth deficit caused by their avarice. This heavy-handed approach and property rights violation is a call back to Soviet-era central planning which has failed demonstrably. If this bill succeeds in passing through the upper house, it will just be another brick in West Australia’s road to serfdom. The full article can be read here.

Later in the week, I was assigned to scout out one of the potential venues which will host the after party for the Friedman conference guests. It was a good break away from the office I found myself at the Rocks, soaking in the activities and scenery it had to offer. This is a place that is sure to leave our guests with a lasting impression about Sydney and Australia. It is a pity that I did not have time to take photos of myself at the place due to the tight schedule but I did manage to capture some scenic photos while I was there. I’ll be sure to make up for it when I return!