The Modern Labor approach to serving the workers is, it seems, to allow private enterprises, any enterprises, to create jobs, any jobs. If the enterprises bring in export earnings that is even better. The quality of the employment, the usefulness or otherwise of the product, the pay and conditions, or even if the work occupies more than one hour a fortnight, all of those issues are secondary. The important things are that the unemployment statistic is kept down and that the Government can say money is flooding into the country. Oh, and that the employers are not threatening an advertising campaign criticising the Government.
It is in this spirit that we export vast amounts of coal, though it is by far our largest contribution to global warming and our grandchildren will suffer mightily for it.