||Issue No. 301||31 March 2006|
Interview: Organising In Cyberspace
Industrial: How Low Is Low
Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
Unions: Bad Medicine
History: Right Turn, Clyde
Economics: Long Division
International: Union Proud
Politics: Howard’s Sick Joke
Indigenous: The year of living dangerously
Review: Lights, Camera, Strike!
Culture: News Front
The Locker Room
The Earl Speaks
Let Us Rejoice
Wilson Tuckey is off his medication again.
The man who believes that getting the sack is good for you showed us he also possesses a brilliant legal mind this week with a stunning observation regarding the efficacy of the government's new Workchoices legislation.
You see, Ironbar is a firm believer in laws, well, sometimes.
"When they change the speed limits on the roads, the police don't wait a month to go and catch you do they? They are out there the next day," said old Ironbar, who showed that not only is he a complete dropkick; he is a paranoid dropkick at that.
After all, Wilson should know all about the road laws. This is the same bloke who used his ministerial letterhead, as you do, to castigate the South Australian police minister after his son was pinched by the South Australian highway patrol.
The fearless crusader for the rights of underprivileged members of his own family was seeking a more appropriate penalty, such as getting off.
No doubt this is a consolation to Tuckey the elder should he ever be given the chance to apply this brilliant logic to the WorkChoices legislation, such as if his son is unfairly sacked.
Such commitment to family values is to be applauded, after all this is the man who, a while back, tried to get some tax concessions up for a business that owed his son a few quid.
Tuckey is chuffed that the full penalty of the law can now be thrown at those slaves who run away, which runs in stark contrast to his colleague, Brother Andrews, who believes that, when it comes to something trivial like employee safety, the law is a load of old tosh and these things are better addressed over a few cognacs down at the club.
The man who told us that a lot of bushfires are caused by trees burning, getting the sack is good for you and that James Hardie is a misunderstood victim of a wild left wing conspiracy, waded into the WorkChoices debate this week.
"People only dismiss workers if they have no employment for them," said Tuckey, who has obviously cancelled the newspaper subscriptions and had the TV turned off all week.
The sad fact is that clowns like Ironbar wouldn't know what work was if it fell on them, which is increasingly likely under the laws he supports, and his understanding of the modern workplace is right up there with his grasp of multi dimensional physics.
Tuckey said that people won't have to wait long for a job, and he's right. Many were offered their own jobs back as casuals on less money than they were before.
No doubt we await Tuckey's next contribution to the public debate, where he can inform us as to how impoverishing the population is good for the country. In the meantime, who can argue with the utterances of Wilson Tuckey QC:
"A law is a law is a law," says Tuckey.
And a tool is a tool is a tool.
Don't forget to order your Deck Of Tools, to be launched this Thursday Night in the Unions NSW Trades Hall Atrium from 6.45pm. Only $10. register your interest at [email protected]
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