Right now one answer is India. Our conservative politicians bend over and take it up their rears when India wants to turn Australia into one great big coal mine (Adani) but when Australia wants something from India we don’t get it and well our ratbag government just bends over again and take it up their bums and they expect all of us to do the same.
Coal is rapidly becoming a commodity that no-one wants! Already burning it to make electricity costs more than renewables and this disparity will only become more in favour renewables in the future. Adani may open it’s great Australian hole and then find that what comes out of it will be unsellable. And this will be at the cost of the total loss of the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef is already seriously damaged and in some substantial area damaged beyond recovery but it is still worth more to Australia via tourism and medical science than any coal mine, no matter how big, could ever be.
Australia’s coalition government is craven, disunited, stupid and fearful. They hate the poor and middle classes but love the rich no matter how immoral or corrupt the rich may be.
Of course Adani is not the only thing eating Australia. We are far too close to the USA and we really need to be more independent, to stand up for ourselves and not ask the US “How high sire” when they tell us to jump. Especially but not exclusively now while the USA has Trump as President and Trump’s cabinet which reflects the President’s idiocy, ignorance and prejudice.
Honestly, I would prefer China as our closest ally over the USA!