||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
Rev Kev Speaks
Dear Fellow Australians
There are no simple answers the the problems we face, no matter how much we yearn for straighforward answers. We do, however, have an obligation for the greater good of our nation to accept the policy directions of the Hon. John Howard. You do, however, have choices.
Why Work Choices, and Why Now?
We face threats that we have never faced before and in order to preserve our way of life certain sacrifices need to be made.
In order to survive and thrive on the world stage we need to 1) built, maintain and sustain robust economic outputs, and 2) we also have to strengthen our homeland defenses and military capabilities.
Unfortunately, there is only one political party (the other has got no ticker) that can help us realise that goal, guess who? In reality Work Choices is also crucial if we are to move forward and remain a member (even senior member) of the 'coalition of the willing', and thereby prosper along with our allies (just look at the U.S economy and quality of life).
Whether we like it or not, Work Choices is in all our best interests - our word is our record'. But we have to act, and what is best for our country is not always seen as fair.
Why Work Choices?
Well, the workplace revolution is part of the big picture for two reasons:
1) Current and future cost of labour is not viable. In order to compete in the global marketplace we need to control costs, especially the cost of labour - note: OHS legislation is another costly distraction, that to needs to be culled to a more acceptable level.
2) Reality bite -we are at war, like it or not. Cost savings from the Work Choices will allow Australian businesses to prosper as well as encourage greater foreign investment, which in turn will aid governmental efforts to strengthen homeland security and military capabilities - this is expensive.
In essence, we need to focus on wealth creation, not public welfare issues - when we are in a position to think more altruistically, funds will be made available - on a needs basis only.
'No more waste', is an essential ingredient to ensure future prosperity.
What are the long term benefits?
Well, there are a number of benefits that are not immediately visible, and they are:
1) We have had it too good for too long - we are fat, we have too much obesity - by lowering wages we teach our children some important lessons - you can't always eat what you want, and you should work hard for your money. This is also a major health issue which costs money.
2) In addition to point 1, we don't want our children being brought up as anti-war protesters, we can't defend our great nation if our kids become fat and lazy pacifists. Poverty creates a fire in the belly - the military offers some great opportunities where many of our children will be able to support themselves whilst defending the rights and privileges we hold dearly as a nation.
Abolish compulsory voting - this is a waste of time because too many people vote with their eyes closed. This is neither good for the economy and our plans for the future.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
From the office of workplace relations
Reverend Kev Andrews, NSW
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