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Industrial Injustice

Frog and The Scorpion

The Aussie Fair Go is dead! Long live the scorpion!

Which ever way you look at it, do we learn from the past? Human nature being what it is, greed does not give way to fair play!

If the incumbent government wanted to institute real and serious reform for the benefit of all Australian’s, the first thing they might have done, was to look at some of the models already tried elsewhere. However there is nothing like, the know it all, attitude of the obsessive political leader we have endured for the past ten years.

Just on our own doorstep, New Zealand has been through the very experiment that we didn’t have to have. Typically rank and file Kiwi’s have experienced lower wages and poorer conditions, while overall productivity fell. Those amongst the top 10% of the workforce benefited while everyone else paid the price. The issue of working poor, no longer something that occurred in the third world and the US, had come home to roost. Already, the long time wishes our Prime Minister are impacting here in Australia, of a completely regulated work force subservient to the employer.

Behind the scenes the average Liberal (and Labour) voter is set to suffer from the policies that are being instituted here. If the faithful think they are going to benefit, they better be amongst the top 10% of the population, otherwise they, with all the others, right down to the working poor, will be significantly worse off. Some business owners have been clear on the need for collective bargaining, because the ordinary worker is either incapable or lacks power to negotiate for their own benefit. John Howard and his minions are not interested in fair play and even in the corridors of government, democracy is dead. We’ve all seen the tow the line or you’re out style of leadership Howard exercises.

Why would the major corporate’s clan together in the Business Council of Australia and other employer organisations, if it were not for their mutual benefit? Why then is the government willing to exercise this example of double standards, by cutting off the right to collective bargaining to the majority of Australian’s?

I believe the answer is found quite eloquently in the fable of the Frog and The Scorpion. John Howard’s vision for Australia has nothing to do with the Aussie Fair Go and democracy, but an autocracy for the rich. His own party and members of parliament, tremble when contemplating going against his will.

Is this the kind of Australia you want?

I completely endorse the stand taken by Kim Beazley and to validate that he is on the right track, take note of the vitriolic response from the Prime Minister.

Hopefully there will be an intelligent vote against this crazy legislation. Say no to the Scorpion!

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