||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
Letters to the Editor
Howard vs World
John Howard has been caught with a "Dead mans hand".
It's time that John Howard called an "Ace an Ace" and a "Spade a Spade" and stopped with the Poker face and bluff about his new "Workchoices" legislation.
John Howard's "jihad" upon working men and women strikes far beyond the workplace. Pensions are indexed from the minimum wage and the essence of "Workchoices" is merely to reduce wages and conditions. If the minimum wage is reduced then so to will the Pension.
In 1987, John Howard stated; "We will be getting rid of the bulk billing system, it is an absolute rort, "he went further to say, 'we will be proposing changes to the public health system which will amount to complete dismantling, we will pull it right apart".
Medicare is levied from our wages at 1.5% of Gross and a further 1% for any person earning over $50,000 if he or she does not have private health care. Any reduction in wages is not only an assault on workers but a callous attack upon Medicare and Pensioners.
John Howard is no friend of Small Business, by reducing wages, workers will no longer have the disposable income to spend on consumables or services as they will be indebted with their mortgages.
The "Workchoices" legislation is merely designed to shift wealth from the "working class" to the "ruling class" as who would have the capital to purchase assets (at a steal) when interest rates rise because working wages are reduced.
When people begin to default on their mortgage or loan repayments interest rates are adjusted to accommodate against the risk, it is not rocket science, simply basic economics.
John Howard and his Government should be wearing Balaclavas.
Sean Ambrose aka (Governor)
Stevedore MUA Port Botany
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