Nicholas has very kindly invited me to contribute to Club Troppo. This is my first post. So it’s virgin territory for me. Please be gentle. And, of course, I hope you will enjoy it”¦
I was driving to the shops last night listening to this PM story about workers in Melbourne not being paid for a week’s work for imposing a “gentle” industrial ban on working overtime.
I awoke this morning to the news that workers at Radio Rentals had been locked out for a month, apparently for having a four hour industrial stoppage last week.
Then I opened the Advertiser to see that headline that super for the Class of 2004 of Federal politicians will be lifted. This deal was done a bipartisan basis. And per Howard in the paper, it could only be done on that basis. The story was also on PM.
This is what Beazley had to say on PM,
“The system needed to change back in 2004, but I think there is common agreement amongst those of us in political life that those changes went too far. The changes that have been put in place are in line with community standards.”
Really?! The first sentence is incontrovertibly true, although not mooted when Latham was setting the agenda in 2004. The second is false and vacuous, as vague appeals to “community standards” generally are.
Now I know that porcine images of snorkelling snouts are not far away, but let’s eschew those. Do you reckon the Opposition could have, just maybe, exercised some self-restraint and opposed them in order to gain some credibility for its opposition to the Howard IR changes? In order to demonstrate some solidarity with what could be Labor’s “base”. And to force the government to pass them on its own. Which it wouldn’t have done given the PM’s intimation of the necessity of bipartisanship.
So I feel the next time Kim is waxing and wheezing prolix on the base injustice of Work(no)choice, I think the worker on the “Elizabeth train” will be entitled to raise a sceptical eyebrow. And the Government will somehow find a way to use this capitulation against him.
Finally, I liked this line from Bob Brown,
“Well you can argue that if you pay more peanuts, you get gorillas.”