Aussie Workers: time to bend over

Posted on November 18, 2005. Filed under: Politics, Society |

The Australian government is hell-bent on screwing the average Australian worker, with its new legislation, currently before the Senate.

They call it “Industrial Reform” and thats no lie. They also call it “Work Choices” and thats the biggest lie of all. This federal government, under John Howard, will go down in history as the most cruel and punishing government in Australia’s History. It will be remembered not for the good things it has done (and yes, there have been a few, if not many) but for the massive hits it has inflicted on the poor and middle classes, and how it has cozied up to the big end of town for the sake of …what… more money? future election wins? “support”?

I’m well over them. I was once a swinging voter… between the Libs and others. Now, I am opposed to all things Liberal, they have betrayed the country and its time they were gone.

A visit to Your Rights At Work will explain everything.

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Food intended for starving hurricane victims…

Posted on September 27, 2005. Filed under: Health, Life, etcetera, Politics, Society |

was to be burnt because it was supposedly unfit for human consumption.

Jesus wept…

Found at tuckle rori from this source.

The news may be old, but it needs to be not forgotten.

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The More Things Change…

Posted on September 23, 2005. Filed under: Health, Politics |

…the more they remain the same.

I was given to thinking about this again, after seeing 4 Corners on Monday night.

All these fancy National Mental Health Plans are all very well but if you aren’t going to fund their application then you are pissing into the wind. And, quite frankly, thats all our various governments have ever done… about most things which matter. Like proper education for the kids. Like policing which makes sense. Same ol’ same ol’

Governments are serious about nothing except self-propagation. So they don’t really give a rat’s ass about the state of the health system or anything else, all they care about is votes. Getting more. Winning elections. So they will tell people what they want to hear. They promise anything and deliver… well… not a lot at all.

It’s all ceased to be about doing whats right for the country. It stopped a long time ago. I should have noticed, but I didn’t. Perhaps it had already begun before I became interested in politics. Its about the winning of elections, the getting of kudos from other countries’ governments which are perceived to be more powerful and thus more beneficial to us. Its a madness.

I want Direct Democracy, not this crap they label democracy but which is not even close to it. I want to feel like I really have a say in what happens. I want these politicians NEVER to forget that they are there because they are our employees. We pay the taxes, we pay their wages. The bastards need sacking at the moment, there is not one Australian politician that I trust to do the right thing for this country. Its a matter of power. Having it. Wanting more. Ideals getting corrupted.

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Poor Mark

Posted on September 20, 2005. Filed under: Politics |

Lots of us thought he was well and truly shafted by his Party. The good old Labor Party in Australia loudly espouses loyalty and mateship and all that good stuff, but when it comes to lost elections, heads usually roll. The idiots still haven’t got the message that you need to actually support a leader beyond the lost election, and that the electorate is highly unlikely to trial a completely new Prime Minister when he’s a relative newcomer to leadership of his party. So its not only possible, but probable that he won’t win the election.

The Labor party seems to be as thick as two short planks where thats concerned, so, election after election, they of the mateship brigade, bless their double-standard little souls, dump their leader and find a new one, in the vague hope that he (never she, of course, Labor is also way too blokey) will lead them to victory next time around. They think that because Bob Hawke did it, so can anynone else. But they forget that Hawke was well known for his leadership qualities to the Australian electorate for years before he ever went into politics. His Trade Union activities ensured his success at the polls.

This week, Mark Latham has published his diaries. In them he has been, shall we say, very forthright. He has accused the Party of dirty doings, and individuals of extremely dirty doings. He has been interviewed on Andrew Denton’s “Enough Rope”, (which the Party attempted to stop from going to air, which makes one wonder just how much truth is in Mark’s accusations) and radio stations from here to Tuesday week.

The radio interviews have been played and replayed. And Mark, with a golden opportunity to make the Labor Party look like the good ol boys cabal that it is, is making a complete goose of himself. He is so angry and so driven, that he is not listening to the interviewers’ questions, and he’s really just getting into a monologue of the injustices visited upon him.

Mark, for the love of God, just SHUT UP and answer the questions. Your book is going to sell, sell and sell. Let it be your monologue. If the questions appear to lead you into something difficult, refer the interviewer to the book. Just let it go, man. Many of us believe you already. But if you go on and on like a madman your credibility will be sunk. For good.

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