The disappointment that vaccine supplies have been held up by source countries highlights that we as a nation are vulnerable on the health front.

This is not an attack on other countries that prioritise their own citizens before others. Self-interest is a powerful driver.

We need to acknowledge that Australia has vulnerabilities – be it with vaccines, generic medications, or even parts for caravans. We need to return the nation to self-sufficiency.

I urge the Government to forensically investigate and inquire to identify how we as a country and people can take responsibility for our own wellbeing.

We have seen with our neighbours, like Papua New Guinea, that we not only need to be self-sufficient, but also the backstop for crucial supplies for our region.

I appreciate manufacturing goods here in Australia can be more expensive. But I know that most Australians place great value on the nation’s health, wellbeing, and security.

Many times, Australians have proven strength in adversity.

Everyone from the farm owner to the small business person, to members of the family unit could see this time as a golden opportunity to seize business and personal responsibility to make Australia self-sufficient once again.

Our destiny is in our hands.

That’s just as I see it.