||Issue No. 292||02 December 2005|
A Free Vote
Interview: The Binds That Tie
Unions: Worth Cycling For
Industrial: The Elephant in the Corner
Legal: A Law Unto Themselves
Politics: Ethically Lonely
History: Women, Unions, Banners and Parades
Women: Relaxed and Comfortable?
International: The Last Social Democrat
Review: The Corpse Bride
Culture: Tony Moore Holds His Own
The Locker Room
John Bares All
Tom A World Away
The Queensland National Party continued a great tradition of defending the living standards of rural workers this week when the friend of the working poor, Barnaby Joyce, signed off on legislation that will lower them.
Barnaby is a strong advocate for the role of the Senate in being a house of review.
He reviewed the WorkChoices legislation and gave it five stars, although personally he will wait for it to be released on DVD.
He particularly liked the bits that said you have to pay people penalty rates on Christmas day unless you don't feel like it.
The provisions that allow for families to have to pull up stumps and travel across the country in search of whatever work they can get their hands on were particularly appealing to this champion of the regional underclass.
In fact, Barnaby believes he is such a hero to the rural poor he has decided to create millions more.
Barnaby earlier managed to gain major concessions from Prime Minister John Howard, who agreed to amend the legislation to include the special Barnaby Joyce Is A Tops Bloke clause and remove the obligation for workers to have to sing the company song and do star jumps before commencing their twenty hour shifts.
Thanks to Barnaby workers can now be paid once a year, some of them even with money.
Grateful workers will now be able to thank Barnaby for being able to be picked up and put down like a shovel.
While a lesser human would have been swayed by the 18.7 million Australians that aren't as keen to embrace reform as the Cunnamulla Division of the Waffen SS, Barnaby was resolute.
He valued the input from his fellow Queenslanders from the Breatharian Movement, who pointed out to Barnaby that a casualised workforce would be able to live on nothing but Oxygen while they waited until Barnaby's brother Barnaby was able to fire up the Massey Ferguson and once again return Birdsville to its former station as the economic engine room of the nation.
This bold, visionary if somewhat stupid move has ushered in a bright new future for all Australians who don't have to actually work for a living.
For the rest of the population things may be a bit difficult in the medium term, but they can be consoled that Barnaby will have managed to solve the obesity problem given that half the workforce won't be able to afford a decent feed two days out of seven.
The revolutionary new calendar will also gladden the faces of a tired and overworked, yet grateful, nation.
No more will people struggle having to remember the seven days of the week - something that has always been difficult for those members of the Joyce family who only have five fingers.
Renaming every day of the week Monday may strike many members of the community as a tad on the radical side, but we are assured that this is the best way to boost productivity.
Barnaby reassured an angry mob marching on his home bearing flaming torches and farming implements that if the nation did not accept being paid third world wages it would end up being a third world country.
The maverick senator had made quite a name for himself in recent weeks by looking the other way and whistling a Slim Dusty tune after 12,000 Telstra workers were escorted from the premises.
Joyce's fingerprints were found at the scene but it is unclear at this stage if charges will be laid.
Earlier a tight hatband caused him to get lost during a senate vote on Competition Law, and he sat opposite Amanda Vanstone after mistaking her for Belgium.
Joyce has long been hostile to European farm subsidies, much preferring the Australian ones, as his attempts to get a European farm subsidy always seemed to get knocked back.
Barnaby has obviously enjoyed his spell as a political streaker, and is looking forward to a bit of a rest in the Tool Shed after his contribution to flapping his arms about and shouting, 'Look at me! 'Look at me!'
Joyce was very proud of how the new legislation would end the "bullying days of unions" and usher in a bold new era of bullying by bosses.
"The whole farce of open ballots, antagonisation and standovers at the workplace is a dead or dying artform and it is great to preside over the end of those bitter days," said Joyce with a straight face.
Antagonisation has long been a thorny issue in Australian Workplaces, primarily because it isn't really a word and no one knows what it means.
But Joyce, looking fondly towards Bessie, his prize milking cow, added that if people didn't like the new laws they could always leave Queensland, or even vote the government out.
Millions of Australians are eagerly awaiting an opportunity to take our Tool Of The Week's advice.
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