||Issue No. 286||21 October 2005|
Lord of the Lobster Legs
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
Thus Spake Sydney Uni
Vote 1 Dictator
Buying peace Of Mind
Rev Kev Speaks
Letters to the Editor
Vote 1 Dictator
I cannot remember voting in last year‚s Federal election for a dictatorship. The actions of the Howard government threaten the very foundations of our democracy. They treat voters and the states with arrogance as they abuse their power. Their proposed Industrial Relations (IR) changes and associated measures are flawed for many reasons.
There is no evidence or examples from anywhere in the world to support their theory that the proposed changes will protect the economy. Some modelling from conservative economists shows that the changes could actually damage the economy.
Every major survey shows that the vast majority of voters are against the proposed changes, yet Howard continues to ignore them. It is a mockery for this Government to assert that they represent the people.
Prior to the election, the Liberal Party never promoted or mentioned these extreme IR changes like they did for the GST and therefore cannot claim a mandate for them.
If the arguments for IR change are so persuasive, then let the Federal Government negotiate with the states to reach a consensus. Acting like a bully or thug at the moment does not convince anyone.
The current advertising campaign should be illegal for the Government as the proposed Bill has not even been presented to parliament and the exact form of it may change if approved. The Liberal Party should fund any advertising prior to it becoming law.
The saturation advertising by the Federal Government is manifestly excessive. It is a great waste of taxpayers‚ money. Advertising should be to communicate facts, not political propaganda.
The Senate is meant to be a House of Review. If the experience of the Telstra legislation is repeated, it will be a House for Rubberstamping.
Mark Witcomb, SA
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