||Issue No. 287||28 October 2005|
A Sick Set of Laws
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
PM's Fatal Flush
Sign of the Times
Labor's Love Lost
Letters to the Editor
Sign of the Times
In spite of a weak showing through massive advertising spending designed to butter up workers, the message remains the same, prepare to 'sign or join the unemployment line'. It's all about cutting costs for big business and attracting foreign investment. That is what is really meant by 'the best thing for all Australians is a strong economy.'
Take their major push to introduce PPP's, add to that the threat of major job losses at Telstra and Qantas. Other big business supporters include Woolworths, Coles, and the Macquarie bank are no doubt also eagerly awaiting in the wings for the opportunity to pounce on foreign investment opportunities.
It's as though Mr Howard is committed and has no other option rather than press for the changes his mates have been pressing for for so long now.
Let's not lose sight of the fact that these changes were originally presented as a solution for small business owners and operators. In my opinion, this was never the case and the PM needs to justify his position.
How can anybody not be insulted by his moves, here we are - we pay money into superannuation funds that in turn invest in big business who pay their executives obscene amounts of money to cut jobs. And, get this, Telstra confirm my opinion, by putting shareholder dividends ahead of jobs in order to pay for essential upgrades that were ignored by the Federal Government and the previous managements.
No doubt some debt stricken state governments are secretly desperate to see these changes implemented, however, they would never admit it.
Nice try, FAIL!
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