A rising tide of fear has begun to course through the boardrooms of some of the nation’s biggest companies.
Some can see their entire livelihoods on the line. A great many others worry about a huge drop in earnings and profits and, by proxy, a premature end to their own careers.
Under normal circumstances, it’s difficult enough to get business leaders to express an opinion on anything outside their firm or industry and nigh on impossible to coax them into any kind of comment on politics. They leave that to their lobby groups, to avoid any personal flak.
But when it comes to China, and the rapidly deteriorating relationship between Canberra and Beijing, big business heads are hopping mad and suddenly not holding back when it comes to their innermost thoughts.
Rather than direct their anger towards Beijing, however, and the punitive sanctions being imposed on some of our biggest export money spinners, our business leaders instead are unleashing their fury at Canberra.
In recent weeks, one exporter went public, saying Australian politicians and journalists should “just shut up”.