||Issue No. 285||14 October 2005|
Howard’s Secret War
Interview: Under Fire
Politics: And the Winners Are ...
Economics: The Common Wealth
History: Walking for Justice
International: Deja Vu
Legal: The Rights Stuff
Review: That Cinderella Fella
Poetry: Is Howard Kidding?
The Locker Room
Hooray for Robots
Good Guy Done Bad
Letters to the Editor
Hooray for Robots
Oh joy! Long live the future, where as robotic, enterprise workers we can finally negotiate unilaterally with our employers, rather than having to withstand interference from those pesky unions. They're always sticking their noses into areas that have nothing to do with them, like social policy and community values.
God knows, that's what the Tories were elected for, to paternalistically take care of those issues so we could simply grind away for 8 - 12 hours a day and then go home to our empty houses. None of us have time for relationships anymore! The future prosperity of the economy is far too important to be enjoying ourselves! We need to keep striving for the ever-disappearing finish line, according to the Lying Rodent.
And that damn ACTU, always giving the conservatives a hard time! Don't you wish it would just die a slow death so market forces could prevail once and for all, leaving the invisible hand of the market to work out what's best for us all?
Unemployment? No such thing in John Howard's Australia. Don't have a job? That's OK, cause have the Liberal Coalition government got a deal for you!! Just sign here, and you'll get a minimum wage for 60 hours a week work with no penalties or overtime, no annual leave loading and no prospect of a pay rise til the Fair Pay Commission kindly decides to give you one. What a deal! Don't like it? Well dont bother knocking on Centrelink's door cause they won't be so understanding. 26 weeks with no Centrelink payment! Woo - hoo!
Welcome to the brave new (and incredibly scary) world.
Julianne Taverner, NSW
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