||Issue No. 355||01 December 2006|
Seven Year Itch
Interview: Flying High
Unions: TUF on Toll
Industrial: Forward to the Past
Economics: Debt and the Economy
Obituary: The Charlatanry of Milton Friedman
Environment: Low Voltage
Legal: The Fair Deal
Review: A Little History
Boss With a Heart
Country Member Forgets
The toolshed is an interesting place.
Not just because of the menagerie of rabid right-wingers and corporate shysters that inhabit it, but sometimes the shed takes on a mystical aura one would expect of a New Orleans fortune-teller.
Witness! Last year the Toolshed predicted the then-National Farmers Federation President Peter Corish would one day speak of "how we need to lower wages because Australian consumers are actually earning too much".
Well, Corish has gone one better and done got the law chasing him after an employee on one of his farms, who was paid $13 an hour, claimed to be short-changed $15,000 while working on the farm.
The worker also claims to have lost $56,000 after being kicked off the farm in breach of the AWA.
Now, far be it from the Shed to judge the guilt or innocence of a man with a name like Corish, but the Office of Workplace Service investigation is going to be difficult.
It turns out that the AWA had not been registered with the relevant government department and has gone missing.
A disturbing thought.
After all, this is no Pa Kettle; this is a man who hoedowns around the corridors of power.
He is President of its Agriculture and Food Policy Reference Group, as well as National Water Commissioner, where he advises the Howard Government on drought policy.
Whether it is precipitation or payment, Corish seems to have a special interest in things that don't exist.
Speaking of which, Corish is also a hopeful to run for the National Party in the next Federal election.
Judging by the talent that frequents the National Party these days, he should fit in like a pig in the proverbial.
As President of the NFF, he represented Australian farmers by negotiating a free trade deal for the yanks and selling Telstra to the big end of town.
Both of which, the Shed understands, were official National Party policy.
While the Shed feels some sympathy for Coresh's workers, I suppose we can be thankful he Coresh in Canberra, well away from farm equipment.
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