How does your country fare in the 2020 FM Global Resilience Index

Australia is 17th overall in the 2020 FM Global Resilience Index, yet we are 22nd in Supply Chain resilience.
Some of the indicators show more work is needed around Productivity. Here we are in a BAD state – we have given away our ability to manufacture. Instead, we dig stuff up/grow it, sell it to make a small profit, then we BUY it back at a huge price after it has had ‘value’ added. Economics-101 tells you that is a dumb idea.
Then there is our Corporate Governance (hmm, maybe this one applies to corporate AND Government) & Infrastructure – things we have just ignored or because there are some who didn’t want us to see, either way. we are now realising these also bite if not monitored and kept up to standard.
There are less insidious ones, for example Exposure to Natural Hazards. We are aware of these, we just need to do more about working to reduce the risk. And this is the sad thing, we just got so apathetic on preventing unnecessary outcomes from fires, floods and storms. 
There are two we need to keep an eye on as they are based on outside forces: specifically our reliance on imported oil – we only have a stockpile of around 26-30 days. Options being proposed will not address the need if we start running out (if there was a double hit covid-19 AND an oil shortage – Australia will not slow down, it STOPS.
The other issue to watch is our cyber-security, as an island nation, a long way from the rest of the world, a catastrophic cyber hijacking or cyber war, or whatever, would be devastating
Ok, I agree, we are doing well compared to the whole data population but compared to Western countries we are in a dismal state – how could AU be so far behind NZ and UK in Supply Chain?  Location has nothing to do with it as NZ and UK are on opposite sides of the planet! (Its rhetorical – I am sure there are plenty who would love to comment).

When compared to a couple others:

  • Norway = 1st Overall / 12th Supply Chain
  • Singapore = 22nd Overall / 1st Supply Chain
  • United Kingdom = 13th Overall / 4th Supply Chain
  • New Zealand = 15th Overall / 6th Supply Chain
  • Australia = 17th Overall / 22 Supply Chain
  • Indonesia = 80th Overall / 63rd Supply Chain


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“PC” stopping you from speaking your mind?

Don’t feel bad, there are a LOT of people who say they cannot speak their mind or give their support for others who, although speaking their mind, are keeping it restrained. Keep reading, I will explain that this is not really the case, free speech is ALIVE and WELL, we just need to know what PC is and what it cannot do.

To understand PC, we go back to the beginning. It was first mentioned around 1917 during the Communist takeover of Russia and used to maintain adherence to the “Party Line’ – not a good start. Not much more was heard of it until the 1970’s.  The meaning at that time, was that a person being “PC” had an understanding of how their actions and words may affect people who were vulnerable to discrimination or could be disadvantaged. In other words, it was about being mature enough to know when and if, you were causing harm to others.

This term was very quickly hijacked by political parties/groups, using it as a tactic, a rallying call by NOT clearly handing out insults, degrading comments and pejorative statements against disadvantaged people, groups or even their political rivals – but by half truths and truncated statements alluding to the same, thus by using half statements only, they let their audience fill the gaps. This was, and very much still is, a powerful tool in the hands of a politician – as it is the audience who convinces themselves of their righteousness.

And then there are others who think it is a tactic they can also use: “I am not free to state my mind because of PC gone wrong” is just another way of saying one of two things (or both): “I have no real basis for my argument” OR “I am a real bigoted A-hole and want to say stupid stuff but don’t want the criticism”. Either way, it’s a ruse.

So, back to whether PC will actually stifle anyone from speaking their mind. The argument that PC prevents freedom of speech is flawed, everyone – in Australia and similar countries – has a right to say what they feel, free speech also gives others the right to have alternative views. What freedom of speech does not provide is the right to dehumanise, abuse or debase those who are unable or incapable of defending themselves in an equal manner.

Therefore, speak your mind openly and freely in a considered and mature way, remembering that as you have free reign to do this, others must be given the same consideration AND they are also very much within their rights to call anyone and everyone out when the protocols and dignity of free speech are being abused.