||Issue No. 281||16 September 2005|
Interview: Polar Eclipse
Industrial: Wrong Turn
Unions: Star Support
Workplace: Checked Out
Economics: Sold Out
Politics: Green Banned
History: Potted History
International: Curtain Call
Review: Little Fish
Poetry: Slug A Worker
The Locker Room
Do the Bus Stop
A Touch of Honesty
Boss Made Me Sick
Pitt Street Farmers Federation
National Farmer's Federation leader Peter Corish is one of those chaps that get on well in life by blithely ignoring reality.
He signed off on the Telstra deal this week, saying it was a good thing for the bush.
We now await his declaration that foot and mouth, drought and mad cows' disease are fantastic things for rural Australia.
In fact, Peter may prove to be something of an expert on mad cows, given his relationship with the National Party (which is neither).
This is the sort of cretin that probably lies about his gold handicap.
If the National Party has decided to exit stage right on the back of blindly following the intellectual minnows over at Menzies House, then Peter 's claim that his organization represents the interests of rural Australia is about as tenable as a fish milkshake.
Anyone with half a brain can see that treating Telstra as a sacrificial lamb on the altar of the market has led to an organisation that is very good at fudging dividend payouts, but absolutely crap at providing a phone service.
It's a pity that Peter lacks even half a brain.
This is what happens when the mediocrity at the heart of the big end of town push policy based on ideology rather than common sense.
Given that Telstra can't even get it right across suburban Australia (try and find a public phone that works in any given suburban shopping strip you'd care to mention), the idea that it is up to speed in the bush would be laughable if it wasn't so sad.
Which makes us wonder which planet dropkicks like Corish come from.
He was definitely in orbit when he was floating around gibbering to the few who cared that the Australia US free trade deal would be a good outcome for farmers. When it wasn't, he pretended to be shocked.
If he was shocked by that he is stupider than we thought, which is saying something. But what can we expect from the leader of an organisation that has made it a specialty to give jobs to the idiot sons of the rural gentry
Now his latest declaration on Telstra confirms that he is another one of those ratty right wing potatoes that have all the fiscal responsibility and intellectual rigour of a junkie in a pharmaceutical warehouse.
Next we'll hear from this example of spineless intellectual inertia of how we need to lower wages because Australian consumers are actually earning too much.
Yes, the NFF has been up to its RM Williams in pushing for Australia to become a third world country so that they can get back to treating their employees like serfs, like daddy did.
Corish, apart from highlighting how out of touch and redundant his pathetic organisation has become, has proved to be about as useful as a mobile phone in Brewarrina when it comes to standing up for his alleged "constituency".
As the National Farmers Federation sinks slowly in the sunset we can thank our Tool Of The Week, Peter Corish, for taking his organisation's credibility out the back of the shed and putting a .22 in the back of its head.
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