||Issue No. 208||13 February 2004|
All The Way With FTA?
Interview: Trading in Principle
Unions: While We Were Away
Politics: Follow the Leader
Bad Boss: Safety Recidivist Fingered
Economics: Casualisation Shrouded In Myths
History: Worker Control Harco Style
Review: Other Side Of The Harbour
State Of Confusion
Give Them A Medal
Letters to the Editor
I have just finished reading George Miller's article on the free trade agreement and the failure of Australian story telling.
Is it just my imagination or is he implying that this whole mess is the fault of those selfish, selfish Generation Xers and their evil neo-liberal agenda. How about looking around you George...last time I looked there weren't that many Gen Xers(those born 1960 to 71) in parliament or making major financial and trade policy, such as this free trade policy, or health policy, or education policy. Facts seem to indicate that all the more neo-liberal policy directions in the last few years have stemmed from those confirmed baby-boomers Costello and Keating.
I would also like to point out that our fearless leader, John 'Bonsai' Howard, for all his youthful good looks was born just prior to WW2 - guess the evil Gen Xers miss out there to.
You would think by reading this article that somehow Gen X was to blame for the Coalition being in power, as everyone - or at least George, seems to know that ALL baby boomers vote Labor, Green, or, when forced to, Democrat. Come on George, get a grip. Not all Gen Xers are evil, self obsessed, reality TV loving, Liberal voters, in the same way that not all baby boomers are bleeding heart liberal intellectuals. We have got enough on our plates trying to save what is left of our country, culturally and economically, from the Thatcherites in Canberra without succumbing to needless and devisive cross generational warfare.
If you need to vent spleen, direct it at those who are actually responsible for the setting of policy and regulation in this country. Do not target those who are coming up behind you and are blamelessly attempting to forge careers in an increasingly hostile environment.
And if all this doesn't convince you to play nice George, then just try to remember who is going to be holding the purse strings when you are old and need that expensive bypass surgery.
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