||Issue No. 290||18 November 2005|
The Long March
Interview: Public Defender
Legal: Craig's Story
Unions: Wrong Way, Go Back
Politics: Queue Jumping
History: Iron Heel
Economics: Waging War
International: Under Pressure
Poetry: Billy Negotiates An AWA
Review: A Pertinent Proposition
The Locker Room
What lucky country
Swimming with Sharks
Save Our Culture
Left Right Out
With comrade Murdoch in the country The Australian has been leaving no stone un-thrown in demonstrating a fine sense of balance in its commentary and reportage.
No doubt the Sun King would have been mightily pleased by the latest set of lips to grace his profundity in the form of our Tool Of The Week, James McConvill.
James, who in his spare times advocates ripping wings off flies and limbs of anyone who may or may not be a terrorist, announced to the nation that his politics tends to the left.
This is self evident, given his adherence to those great left wing principles; individualism, the free-market, starving workers and torture.
Being such a rabid socialist McConvill is puzzled as to why workers across the country are not rapturously embracing the new WorkChoices legislation as labour market deregulation is in all our interests.
McConvill, an academic who can be seen orbiting earth on a clear night, claims to be a strong supporter of social justice, evidenced by his belief that no Australian CEO need live in poverty.
According to this dangerous Trotskyite, it is a shame that we have any workplace laws at all. Hey! It works so well in Botswana, so why not here?
Conveniently for this advocate of social justice we do not live in a society, but rather, a labour market. Being such soulless widgets bestows certain responsibilities upon those who actually do all the work, such as not impinging upon shareholders rights to another daiquiri.
Equally, according to this subtle genius, the market will allow people to be paid "appropriately". Now, working 60 hours a week and still struggling to eat may be appropriate to closet fetishists like McConville, but most of us will pass on that if given a choice.
Then again, this great advocate of social justice may believe that starving half the population in some Malthusian fantasy is appropriate. In this case we may be better off if we just call the men in white coats in now.
Apparently by getting rid of all these silly workplace rules McConville believes we can arrive at just outcomes. We await with bated breath his analysis that the road toll could be slashed if we got rid of all those unnecessary and costly traffic laws and just let anyone do what they wished on the roads; or how health outcomes can be boosted by letting anyone who takes a fancy to it hang out a shingle and set themselves up as a surgeon.
And why not! If someone has watched a few episodes of Doogie Howser MD then they're about as qualified to practice medicine as someone who has never done a days work in their lives, such as McConville, is to say that a fifteen year old kid and a multinational fast food chain operate on a level playing field.
This scion of the left also has a curious attitude to organised labour, saying that over half a million people taking time off work is somehow irrelevant?
No doubt his view that the union movement is irrelevant is shared by the victims of James Hardie, and the couple of million Australians that rely on award wages each week.
The employer-employee relationship is just a standard contract according to our Tool Of The Week.
Which is a bit like saying a marriage is something you did one weekend, or that kids are an economic drain on society.
McConville places a lot of faith in the free-market, which puts him morally on the same level as a heroin dealer and probably socially as useful.
But one thing is certain; McConville could only be labeled as left wing in the Murdoch broadsheet, where all sorts of sociopathic market daleks are treated as if they're sane.
McConville should stick to torturing people, his pathological forays into the "left" aren't helping anyone.
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