Is it just me or are Julie Bishop's eyes really, really spooky? Each time she comes on the tele she reminds me of a Thunderbird, the beadies darting around in no obvious connection to her facial muscles. As they say, it's a fine line between sincere and cross-eyed.
Might never let it be said that Julie is just a scary face; she is emerging as the latest class worrier to inhabit the education portfolio.
Following in the footsteps of Brendan Nelson's campaign against the Maoism in English departments the Stalinists in history, Julie has let loose on the worst dressed teachers in the academy, who are accused of running an extreme Green agenda.
The attack has taken a familiar arc - first the 'investigation' by The Australian newspaper; then the outraged comment and supportive editorial. Next they will be appointing Harry Butler to the ABC board!
The basis of this assault is that geography courses that consider ecological sustainability as part of its teachings about the study of the earth.
How could such extreme views have been propagated? Could it be that a discipline that focuses on maps, weather patterns and water flows, could be wondering why the text books need to be changed every few years?
The Bishop response - curricula celebrating coal mining and the hoofed beast's contribution to the national identity. Like the swagman who killed the sheep; digging holes and killing grass are to be to core competencies of our bright young geographers.
As Howard celebrated victory in the history wars while refusing to stick Al Gore in DVD player, Julie is at the barricades that really count., Like all wars, your enemies are everywhere and the only victory is an eternal vigilance, which in Julie's case has crossed into paranoia.
So let's slay the geography dragon and move to the next cesspit of extremism, maths - where long divisions is needlessly divisive and subtraction is plain negative. Bring it on, Julie
United Petroleum, owned by Victorians Avil Silver and Eddie Hirsch, used WorkChoices to drastically undercut award minimums without giving workers at 13 gas stations any say.
Their weapon of choice was an Employer Greenfields Agreement, invented by the Howard Government.
Silver and Hirsch used it to undercut minimum award payments, eliminate overtime, penalty rates and allowances, and deny the existence of statutory holidays.
Their "Agreement" gives no security to employees, at least one of whom has a wife, child and a mortgage. It specifies neither minimum nor maximum hours of work.
It over-rides every one of the award conditions, the Howard Government promised would be "protected by law".
Clause 17 of the Agreement reads:
"For the avoidance of doubt, all protected award conditions under section 354 of the Act and both preserved entitlements under clause 34 and preserved notional terms under clause 45 of Schedule 8 of the Act are excluded by this Agreement."
It then goes on to list "protected" or "preserved" conditions that won't apply in Tasmania. Specifically ...
- rest breaks
- incentive payments and bonuses
- annual leave loadings
- observance of days declared as public holidays
- expenses incurred in the course of employment
- allowances for skills or responsibilities
- loadings for overtime or shift work
- penalty rates
David Hurd, a 32-year-old Dad, blew the whistle in the Hobart Mercury, saying the non-negotiable deal would have cost him more than $150 a week.
He said United was slashing his base hourly rate by $3.50, and taking more than $8 an hour off his weekend earnings.
Hurd worked at the Bridgewater service station in Greenpoint Rd for a year. It was one of several swooped on by the cut-price operators at the end of June.
United is also in control at former Mobil outlets in Argyle St, Hobart; Brooker Ave, Lutana; Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay; Alexander St, Shearwater; Main Rd, Sorell; Rosny Hill Rd, Tasman; and Rockeby Rd, Wentworth.
Hurd and former workmates Jason Tonks, 23, Brett Carr, 42 and Rebecca Carr, 21, told the Mercury they walked away from their jobs because they couldn't afford to stay.
Hurd said the new operator refused to negotiate.
"It was a take-it-or-leave it situation," he said.
Despite that, and United still employing Tasmanians under the original Norvac name, the Office of Workplace Services says its actions are ridgey didge.
OWS spin doctor, Leo D'angelo Fisher, said Norvac, "as new operators of the Bridgewater service station, had lawfully established an Employer Greenfields Agreement.
"OWS concluded that Norvac Pty Ltd had not breached the Workplace Relations Act or Regulations."
The AMWU, Unions Tasmania and the ACTU are seeking negotiations with United Petroleum.
While many observers believed Employer Greenfields �Agreements� could only apply to brand new operations, Stewart says Canberra knew they could be used to disadvantage existing staff.
"The way the transmission of business laws were changed and the introduction of these (Employer Greenfields) Agreements made this likely," Professor Stewart said.
"Together, they were intended to allow employers to do exactly as United Petroleum has done in Tasmania.
"Whether it is a good or a bad thing is another matter that depends on your point of view."
As John Howard was running a $55 million WorkChoices publicity campaign, around the themes of mutual agreement and protected award conditions, Stewart and others were telling a Senate Committee what would happen in the real world.
"In Tasmania, we have a company that's trying to exploit possibilities that are available within the WorkChoices scheme," Stewart said.
"They are changing employment conditions without the consent of the relevant workers. That is the bit that is indisputable.
"That, to me, is not an accident. It's a deliberate design element within WorkChoices.
"If Government didn't realise at the time it drafted the legislation, I would be surprised. But it certainly knew after the Senate hearings and went ahead."
Stewart says timing is the key for employers who want to trash award payments and conditions by this mechanism.
They have to get a number of elements of their corporate restructure exactly right of they will be left with the award, or agreement, they were trying to dodge.
He warned the manoeuvring had the potential to be "messy" and that Australians may never know whether United Petroleum-Norvac had got it right.
"If this doesn't come to court we may never know the full facts about whether it was legal or not," he said.
Professor Stewart is a former Dean of Law at Flinders University. He is an Australian authority on employment law and a legal consultant to Piper Alderman.
As the backlash against off-shoring of jobs to India gathers steam, a report by Britain's Channel 4 'Dispatches' program exposes major security breaches in centres Australian banks are targeting as cheap labour bases.
The report, the product of a 12-month investigation, films an Indian middleman offering hundreds and thousands of "hot leads", with full banking and financial profiles of UK customers.
The report backs concerns raised by Australian unions that lax privacy laws will compromise the data of Australia customers if IT processing work is sent to India.
Opposition leader Kim Beazley weighed into the campaign, endorsing the union call for 'right to know' laws that would require businesses sending details overseas to disclose this to their customers.
"When businesses seek savings by off shoring jobs to overseas data processing centres, it's only reasonable that their Australian customers are told," Beazley says.
"That way, consumers can stay in control of their personal data, and make informed choices about which businesses they want to deal with. "
Sharing the Spirit
Meanwhile, shareholders in Australia's major banks are being asked to sponsor resolutions that would force the off-shoring of jobs to India to be abandoned.
The Finance Sector Union has placed in major newspapers around Australia Monday calling on shareholder to back resolutions to be put to upcoming Annual General Meetings of Westpac, ANZ, NAB and St George.
The resolutions call on the boards of these banks, who are all looking to send significant numbers of jobs offshore to India, to reconsider this strategy in the interests of the company share price.
Each resolution required the signatures of 100 shareholders to be placed on the AGM agenda. It was then up to shareholders to vote on the issue.
FSU national secretary Paul Schroder says that investors who care about share value would back the resolution.
"We know that the public is opposed to Australian jobs being sent off-shore and that customers of these banks don't want their personal information sent to countries with inferior privacy protections.
"The concern of staff and shareholders is that in taking short term cost-cutting options these banks may actually undermine confidence in their ability to securely manage their customers accounts."
The Australian Industrial Relations Commission has overturned a ruling that prevented Australia Post workers participating in the June 28 national protest.
On the eve of that action, a single AIRC Commissioner issued orders that prevented the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union from promoting the event.
The CEPU had encouraged its Australia Post members to take leave to attend the rally and Australia Post responded by denying leave and issuing threats of disciplinary action.
The CEPU appealed the decision arguing that a ruling that threatened union officials, delegates and Australia Post workers with penalties and fines for exercising their democratic rights was outside the powers of the AIRC.
In a majority decision, the AIRC full bench has ruled that the decision to make an order against Australia Post workers and their Union officials was wrong as promoting participation in the National Day of Community action did not constitute the organising of industrial action against Australia Post.
CEPU NSW secretary Jim Metcher says the decision vindicates the union and reinforces the value of the AIRC's role as an independent umpire.
"The umpire has upheld the right of workers and their union to promote the National Day of Community action," Mr Metcher said.
"If the original decision had stood a number of workers could have been exposed to massive penalties and fines similar to that currently being experienced by Australian building industry workers, their families."
They rolled a wage-cutting, condition-stripping contract lobbed up by international fast food conglomerate, Compass, by an overwhelming 50-13 scoreline.
Unions NSW assistant secretary, Mark Lennon, congratulated the casual SCG stadium staff on their stand.
"There is a lot of attention on the potential of AWAs to cut people's living standards, and rightly so," Lennon said. "But WorkChoices is full of instruments that give employers unprecedented powers.
"These contracts are another example.
"Despite hundreds of workers being disenfranchised, these people stood up to the company.
"The bottom line is Australian workers are savvy. They can smell a rat no matter how it is dressed up.'
All Leisure, the Compass division with the SCG and Footy Stadium contracts, agreed to negotiations with the LHMU Liquor Division over a new contract but then went ahead and put a unilateral contract in front of staff.
Its document would have stripped long service leave and overtime, reduced penalty rates and imposed a five-year wage freeze.
All Leisure sent it to a selected group of staff and demanded a ballot on their next working day, September 22.
After union objections, it extended the closing date to September 29.
Just 63 of All Leisure's 800 casual staff voted and Tara Moriarity, from the LHMU, says hundreds were never even informed of the ballot.
She said, Compass, traditionally, did not have the same union-busting, wage-cutting reputation as aggressive competitor Spotless.
"They told us other companies were doing this and they needed to compete," Moriarity said. "This is exactly what WorkChoices was designed to encourage.'
LHMU members will take their protest to this Wednesday's Australia-Bahrain soccer match at the Football Stadium. There will be a meeting before kick-off and the LHMU is asking fans to bring their own food as a gesture of solidarity.
The agreement, to be voted on next month, covers over 10,000 childcare workers at ABC Learning Centres around Australia.
"It's significant because it's collective, it replaces what's in place now which is a mix of federal awards, state awards and AWAs," said LHMU National Secretary Jeff Lawrence.
The agreement means pay rates established in a series of state-based wage hearings last year will be applied nationally, said Lawrence.
Several significant industry players, including ABC Learning, had resisted paying increases delivered in pay equity judgements.
In other key elements, ABC Learning has agreed to cover study costs for childcare workers and gives all childcare workers 'programming' time away from face-to-face care.
ABC Learning is the first major early childhood provider to cover study costs to their workforce as a result of union intervention, with the aim of making the industry more professional, Lawrence said.
Crucially, the agreement offers a means by which the union can continue to campaign on behalf of ABC employees.
"It's a framework to continue to discuss issues with ABC including structure of employment and job security, we'll continue to talk about those things," Lawrence said.
PD Mulligan, the private company owned by northern beaches millionaire David Mulligan, vaulted 220 sacked workers by taking over a $1 million debt owed to the National Australia Bank.
Courtesy of the manoeuvre, PD Mulligan Pty Ltd, will be the first to get its hands on any Cowra company funds, although paperwork suggests it actually owes the meatworks nearly twice that amount.
Shocked meatworkers were delivered a lesson on how John Howard's corporate backers conduct their affairs at a creditors meeting, last week.
Mulligan's move has angered unions who say their members should have first call on any assets.
"By discharging the bank debt, PD Mulligan has become the guaranteed creditor in number one position," Meatworkers Union secretary, Charlie Donzow, told Workers Online.
"It all looks a bit suss to us.
"The workers are sick of the whole situation. They are owed $2.8 million in entitlements and, it seems, they will be lucky to see two thirds of that, at the most.
"Even then, it will be the taxpayer picking up the bill while the employer drives away in his Mercedes."
Donzow was referring to the federal government's GEERS Scheme that covers minimum community standard entitlements, not those negotiated and agreed on by the employer.
He estimates the Howard scheme, introduced when a company owned by the Prime Minister's brother dudded employees of entitlements, will leave Cowra meatworkers nearly $1 million shy of what they are owed.
Donzow repeated union calls for the establishment of a trust fund to protect entitlements.
Cowra hit the headlines when Mulligan used WorkChoices to try and ditch a contract negotiated with the Meatworkers Union.
He sacked everybody, earlier this year, then rehired them on grossly inferior terms.
Despite getting a green light from the government's Office of Workplace Services for that behaviour, Mulligan agreed to negotiate after a bout of negative publicity.
He brought in highly paid extreme Right activist, Paul Houlihan, to thrash out a combined beef-mutton deal.
"He (Mulligan) was happy, we were happy and everyone thought we had a long-term deal. A couple of weeks later, he closed the doors," Donzow said.
The Daily Telegraph reported that in the weeks leading to the closure, the abattoir transferred around $1 million to PD Mulligan Pty Ltd.
The administrator has referred that transaction, and other matters, to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
By remarkable coincidence, the Adelaide disability services provider, Comrec - one of the businesses recruited to promote the individual contracts that are slashing pay and conditions- was recognised as registering the millionth document.
Howard and his WorkChoices Minister Kevin Andrews were lucky not to turn up to another well-known community service in Adelaide in the process of implementing individual agreements.
Staff at the Cancer Council of South Australia have been asked to sign individual agreements which significantly reduce their employment conditions and lock them into low wages for five years, said SA Unions Secretary Janet Giles.
The AWAs presented to Cancer Council staff include a 3.4% increase in working hours; a reduction of shift penalties, higher duty entitlements and sick leave; a pay rise of only one percent a year for five years; and requirements for employees to agree to do any work at any site and submit to a full medical examination at any time for any reason.
"When Prime Minister Howard promotes his Government's push to individual contracts, he won't be talking about the disadvantages workers at Cancer Council now face through the introduction of AWAs" said Giles.
Cancer Council workers are not exception to the AWA rule.
Conditions included in AWAs have been slashed since the introduction of Howard's new IR laws, which overturned the previous requirement that workers not be disadvantaged by an individual agreement.
According to its own AWA umpire, the Office of the Employment Advocate, two thirds of AWAs signed under WorkChoices have cut penalty rates, a third have cut overtime pay, half have ditched shift penalties and one-fifth have provided for no pay rise for workers - some for five years.
While one million AWA's have been lodged in the past decade, around one-third of those have expired or become otherwise invalid, says the OEA.
Only a few months ago, the OEA told Workers Online it had no idea how many AWAs were still in operation.
Unions estimate less than 500,000 are operative, less than five percent of the workforce, although WorkChoices changes mean they can now be force on all new starters.
Veterans Affairs Minister Bruce Billson this week offered interest-free loans to the Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Veterans Association, which had wanted to move about 30 veterans from units in a Belmore complex so the property could be sold. The loans were conditional on no veterans being relocated against their will.
The government moved after the CFMEU announced a green ban on the site, meaning construction workers would picket the site if an attempt was made to redevelop it.
"The aim was to prevent the eviction and relocation of veterans so that particular battle has been won," said CFMEU spokesman Tim Vollmer.
"However, residents are still concerned that the aim is to close the complex by attrition."
Some residents want assurances that not only will be there no forced relocations - but that empty units will be available for other veterans, assuring the long-term viability of the complex and suitable accommodation for totally and permanently incapacitated war veterans into the future, said Vollmer.
Residents will meet on Monday to discuss the government's offer.
"We've made a commitment to stay involved and support the veterans," said Vollmer.
The seaman remains under the control of Queensland Health and is being kept in quarantine, however, the dangers of spreading a disease which kills two million people world wide every year are being down played by the U.K. owners representatives "Swire Shipping" in Sydney.
The Maritime Union of Australia is working with P&O Stevedoring to screen Australian workers in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne who may have come in contact but the rest of the foreign crew received no screening until arriving in Port Morseby.
The Kokopo Chief visited Melbourne on the 22nd September, Sydney 25th and Brisbane on the 1st October where the man was eventually diagnosed and quarantined.
At a time when the entire world is focused on security threats, environmental concerns and the risk of pandemic disease outbreaks, the FOC system can facilitate all three risks, the MUA says.
The ITF wants the Australian Government to restrict cut-price FOC shipping, to tighten the permit system which allows them onto the Australian coast and to encourage investment in Australian shipping.
Hamberger, who built an anti-worker reputation as an aggressive employer representative and John Howard's original Employment Advocate, heard more than 10 hours of evidence, last week, as an IRC Commissioner.
He reserved his decision in the case brought by Lyle Whyte, 57, against Ullrich Aluminium.
Whyte is still allowed to take an unjustified dismissal case because more than 100 people are employed at Ullrich's Smithfield site.
The nervous warehouse supervisor said he couldn't tell which way Hamberger was leaning.
"I'm just hoping," Whyte said, "it's hard to know what counts as unjustified under WorkChoices."
NUW rep, Mark Ptolemy, said Whyte was adamant he lost his job because he needed time off for chemotherapy treatment.
He said Whyte had been diagnosed in January and, after being hospitalised, he returned to work to find he had been demoted.
"In June, the company sacked him on the basis of 'poor performance' halfway through a vital cancer treatment," Ptolemy said.
"There had been no previous performance issues."
Hamberger is expected to rule on the matter this week.
AMWU lawyers have filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunities Commission Victoria, alleging Lakeside Packaging discriminated against Zhihong Fu on the grounds of serious injuries he sustained at work.
Fu was forced to return to work after breaking his right wrist in a fall and claimed that injury led to him spraining his right arm when he was unable to properly control a drill.
Fu stopped work on his doctor's orders and Lakeside Packaging responded by sacking him and notifying him he would be deported within 28 days.
The 49-year-old was earning thousands of dollars a year less than the $41,000 minimum prescribed under the federal government's 457 visa program.
At the time of his dismissal he hadn't earned barely half the $A27,000 it cost him to get a 457 visa in Shanghai.
AMWU Victorian secretary, Dave Oliver, said lack of monitoring invited employers to abuse the controversial skilled immigration scheme.
"The federal government is to blame for Zhihong Fu's mistreatment," Oliver said.
"It assisted Lakeside Packaging to bring him here and its failure to police the scheme invites unscrupulous employers to exploit and mistreat people like Mr Fu."
AMWU print division secretary, Jim Reid, said the union was aware of many overseas workers being illegally charged "tens of thousands of dollars" for visas.
Fu Zhihong approached the AMWU after hearing media publicity about its support for a countryman who had been ripped off in Melbourne.
Oliver said it was "plain wrong" to import a worker into Australia and then deport him because he was injured on the job.
The federal government, last week, announced oversight of skilled immigration would be further loosened by outsourcing skills assessments to countries of origin.
Andrews did his nut after Workers Online revealed students at Calwell High had scooped the pool at the ACT rock eisteddfod with a WorkChoices-inspired musical, 'The Devil's In The Detail.'
Andrews opened up on schoolteachers, in general, and Calwell High teachers, in particular, gaining national coverage for his claims they had "hijacked" eisteddfod material.
Andrews blasted the eight-minute dance routine as "totally inappropriate".
Calwell dance teacher, cherly Diggins, told the Canberra Times many students had personal experiences of the new laws.
"It (WorkChoices) had already affected some of the kids involved, in that they had had their penalty rates cut," she said, last week.
Andrews went ape after Workers Online quoted renowned Canberra musician, Simone Penkethman, a judge of the ACT eisteddfod panel, praising the performance.
She said it had been like watching "Metropolis on Ice".
"It's entertaining without pulling any punches."
The routine took 120 Year 7 to Year 10 students, five months to put together.
The Devil's in the Detail goes up against other state and territory finalists in a nationally televised finals special, this Sunday.
But any move to disallow law reform advocacy or community legal education programs would undermine the centres' valuable work rights programs, says Julie Bishop, director of the National Association of Community Legal Centres.
Bishop is yet to hear directly from Attorney-General Philip Ruddock over plans for a new funding formula to prohibit 'political' activity, but in recent media grandstanding, Ruddock has accused community legal centres for spending too much time attacking WorkChoices and other government policies on welfare and terrorism.
Any advocacy or education campaign run by community legal centres is based firmly on clients' experiences, says Bishop.
"Community legal centres nationally have had an influx of clients with concerns about the WorkChoices legislation. People are just scared, they don't know how it's going to affect them," she says.
"Some of our centres have experts in employment law and part of our role is to explain exactly what the changes are."
Nationally, community legal centres receive about $22 million a year from the federal government.
"Community legal centres need a lot more money. Cutting out the advocacy and education programs we do is not going to give us the money we need - and will lead to far greater costs to society," says Bishop.
Forum on marginalised workers
As one of the October activities during Anti-Poverty Week the Forum on Australian-Islamic Relations (FAIR) and the Clean Start: Fair Deal for Cleaners campaign will jointly sponsor the Breaking the Poverty Cycle: Public forum seminar on marginalising immigrant workers in poverty trap jobs - the effect on Australian society.
The Keynote speaker for the seminar will be the Chair and founder of Anti-Poverty Week, Professor Julian Disney.
Panelists commenting on the speech:
- Sheikh Sidi Naeem Abdul Wali
- ABC TV host Quentin Dempster
- Rakchanok Sothaphasian, Thai Sydney CBD cleaner
This seminar will be held Wednesday October 18 at 6.30 pm at the LHMU Auditorium 187 Thomas St Haymarket Contact Andrew Casey, 8204 3006, for further information. Clean Start Tuesday October 17
Sydney: International Anti-Poverty Day Clean Start: Fair Deal for Cleaners rally - starts at Hyde Park North at 3.45 pm..Keynote speakers from faith, union and ethnic communities - join the two hundred cleaners and community supporters expected to attend and support this campaign to end poverty trap jobs in the Sydney CBD. The Sydney rally will be part of rallies held on Tuesday October 17 in all mainland capital cities as well as Auckland and Wellington in NZ.
IR LAWS USED TO FINE WORKERS
Howard Government prosecutes 107 workers for defending a sacked workmate
The first workers fined under Howard's new work laws have begun their legal battle. They face $28,600 fines and risk losing their family homes. These workers will definitely not be the last people prosecuted as long as the Liberal Government is in power and their unfair laws remain. These workers are committed to fighting these unjust laws which target individual workers for standing by their mates, but they need your support. Penrith Community Meeting
When: 6:30pm, Tuesday 31 October 2006
Where: Q Theatre (Joan Sutherland Centre) 597 High Street, Penrith Speakers: � Mal & Bernadette Peters (one of the workers facing a $22,000 fine)
� John Robertson (Secretary, Unions NSW)
� Cameron Murphy (President, NSW Council for Civil Liberties)
� Rev. Dr. Ann Wansbrough (Uniting Church)
� Tim Vollmer (CFMEU - construction union)
Rather than the normal story of hand wringing once the jobs have gone, the Australian public - driven by an unusual alliance of the unions and the tabloid media - is in danger of heading the shift off at the pass.
Currently major banks and Qantas are well advanced in plans to send their IT work to the high-tech theme parks that have proved adept in seducing western corporations with an English speaking workforce that will snaffle jobs paying about 25 per cent of the Australian wage.
This is no fishing expedition; these plans have been years in the making and, as far as we can see, the information was only shared with staff and the public as the eleventh hour approaches.
Now the corporate bean counters may push through regardless, but not without some significant collateral damage.
This is only corporate Australia's latest betrayal in the name of global profits.
After telling us that it was OK to lose our textile and manufacturing industries because we would have smarter IT jobs, the IT jobs are now under the gun.
Companies that trade on their Australian-ness as cheesily as Qantas and our leading banks, create a certain expectation amongst their customers. We are prepared to hum along with the anthems as long as give at least a show of repaying the jingoism.
But the current backlash suggests that we are not mugs, and that companies that rub the flag in our face and then shift jobs away will be punished harshly by the public's well-honed bullshit detector.
In a way you have to wonder what these companies are thinking - are they so driven by the bottom line that noone wonders whether the dumping of Australian jobs may undermine the multimillion marketing strategies.
And for anks handling sensitive private data like bank account and passport details, surely there was some sort of risk analysis around the issue of data security.
Not if revelations aired overnight by UK's Channel Four Dispatches are anything to go by. That show has found an organised network of ' Data farmers', trading in personal details stolen from these centres - where privacy laws lag far behind Australian regulations,
The Australian banks claim they continue to house data In Australia - but details are beamed into India where low wage workers chase up debt collections, process applications
Legislation proposed by unions and endorsed today by the ALP, requiring institutions to disclose where data is sent offshore, will also stem thee flow of jobs - because we know that customers will not cop it.
Meanwhile, the Howard Government has nowhere to go on the issue - the PM's glib refusal to comment on specific business decisions misses the point - Australian workers and consumers are being played like a song.
For the ALP it is another opportunity to frame the next federal elections around the divide that defines industrial relations; and it has nothing to do with xenophobia
That sell is pretty straight forward; it goes something like this: The Howard Government - governing for big business at the expense of working Australians and their families. Over to you, Kim