||Issue No. 315||14 July 2006|
Give Truth A Chance
Interview: The Month Of Living Dangerously
Unions: Staying Mum
Economics: Precious Metals
Industrial: The Cold 100
History: The Vinegar Hill Mob
Legal: Free Agents
Politics: Under The Influence
International: How Swede It Was
Review: Keating's Men Slam Dance on Howard
The Locker Room
Howard vs World
Tough as ABC
Back To School Tool
The rumour that Kevin Andrews is opposed to sex because it leads to dancing has received a boost after he expressed dismay that some people were still having fun despite his fab new work laws.
Kev is dismayed that young Australians continue to think for themselves, despite the good reverend's passionate belief that we are better off being work-orientated automatons, living solely for the benefit of the BRW top 100 list.
Kev was foaming at the mouth this week after Calwell High won the ACT Rock Eisteddfod with a piece about the reality of WorkChoices called 'The Devil's In the Detail'.
Andrews, who has done his own deal with the Devil, found it "difficult to believe" students came up with the idea themselves.
In a bizarre co-incidence, many of the kids found it "difficult to believe" that the government could OK the individual contracts that are ripping them off.
This is the never-never land that Andrews occupies, where he can't make the connection between the kids at the rock eisteddfod and the same kids working down the road at the Tuggeranong Shopping Centre; in retail and hospitality, making juices, waiting tables, flipping burgers and washing dishes on the very contracts that Andrews designed.
What does he think teenagers live on? Air?
Is he aware of the reality of many Australian families, where if you're old enough, and you want something, you're going to have to get a job and pay for it yourself?
It's what happens when you have a government that sends housing affordability through the roof and drives a B-Double semi trailer
And many of those kids are out there getting those jobs themselves, on individual contracts and often without the award protection and workplace safety enjoyed under a more civilised system. Especially safety.
Anyone who has flipped burgers for a living knows the joys of your own personalised burn scars.
Joel Exner was 16 when he plunged to his death from a building site because of slack safety standards and an employer quite happy to take advantage of a kid's inexperience.
Does Kevin Andrews find that "hard to believe"?
Is he in such a parallel universe that he "doesn't get it"?
Thousands of high school kids across the country are working in just about any industry you could care to mention. According to Kev these kids have no opinion.
These are the kids that are being asked to sign Andrews' contracts
No wonder they want to make a song and dance about it. You don't have to be Einstein to figure out that ripping up the award and treating a fifteen-year-old kid and a small business operator as being 'equal' when it comes to negotiating is pretty sick.
But Andrews doesn't seem to be too bothered about abusing kids, maybe that has something to do with his theology; and he seems quite content that kids can be turned into cheap workplace fodder for our fellow Australians who like to display their integrity by ripping off kids.
But lo behold that those kids should use a very entertaining format to present something that is now a reality for many kids in the workplace.
One redeeming feature is our Tool Of the Week's recognition that the Rock Eisteddfod "is designed to promote positive lifestyle messages for our youth".
Thank God for that, because WorkChoices sure as hell doesn't.
Amidst his foaming, Uncle Kevin decided to take a swing at the teachers, obviously a bunch of crazed Marxists intent on feeding these innocent children some communist conspiracy.
The truth is not that the teachers are responsible for "hijacking" a rock eisteddfod, nor was it the kids, or even the parents. It was Kevin Andrews himself that set this train in motion.
It's his laws that have made these kids speak out. These kids are bearing the brunt of it, and so are their parents. Kev's right, no one should hijack the rock eisteddfod, especially dim-witted politicians that are so far removed from the reality of working life in Australia today they may as well be on another planet.
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